Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (EU-US FTA), sometimes also called Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)
The European Parliament failed to back trade talks between the EU and the US as President Donald Trump warned of severe consequences if Europe failed to deliver.
A bipartisan group of 114 US House members sent a letter to the US Trade Representative, urging him to “insist on the inclusion of agricultural products" in trade talks with the European Union.
The European Union will not support a comprehensive trade deal with the United States that includes agriculture, the EU’s top trade negotiator said, so she is working toward a narrower deal focused on industrial goods and automobiles.
Conformity assessment cooperation does not imply cooperation on the content of regulatory disciplines, making it a less ambitious mechanism than as had been initially intended under the TTIP.
There should be no trade negotiations with countries that are not even willing to sign up to the minimal commitments of the Paris Agreement. Global commitments towards stopping climate change must come before the interests of the car industry lobbyists.
Corporate lobby groups roam the corridors of EU negotiators working to set the agenda for the talks with the US, while the European Commission covers over its links with big business.
The committee of the European Parliament for international trade endorsed opening trade talks with the US.
Three years ago, widespread protests took place across Europe against a planned trade deal between the EU and the US. It was eventually halted. EU governments are now planning to agree terms to start negotiating a new transatlantic trade deal.
Talks between the US and EU don’t look like they can make progress. That was never the big idea.
The EU now imports 112 percent more US soy than a year ago, flooding the market to feed EU factory farms. Bad news for animal welfare, bad news for the environment.
The European Commission is set to authorise imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. Soy has a comparably bad environmental impact as palm oil, say experts.
Opposition by activists has already resurfaced with some warning that "there can be no trade-offs on food standards" in the deal.
The United States signalled it would not bow to the European Union’s request to keep agriculture out of planned US-EU trade talks.
The European Commission is preparing two mandates: one to cover removal of tariffs on industrial goods and another on areas of possible regulatory cooperation in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cyber security.
Leaked from the European Commission
The opposition to TTIP suggests that a simple choice between “protectionism” and “free trade” fails to capture the nuances of the European debate on trade.
New generation “trade” deals actually have less to do with trade than with who makes the rules, and who holds power over rule-makers.
US trade officials say they hope to reach an agreement with the European Union on lifting some technical barriers to trade between the two powers by November.
The European Commission proposed a redistribution of the existing quota for hormone-free beef in order to address longstanding demands from the US to increase its exports within the agreed limits.
About 20 organisations have signed a declaration of support for the activist and called on supporters to assemble outside the Brussels Law Courts before the hearing.