Thursday, December 19, 2013

Update on the Third Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

Yesterday, at the mid-point of the third round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ("T-TIP") negotiations, U.S. and EU negotiators took time to share information with and hear viewpoints from more than 350 stakeholders from environmental, consumer, and other non-governmental organizations, labor unions, business, and academia.

U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney and EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero and their teams participated in a three-hour session which included more than 50 policy presentations that covered a range of issues including consumer and food safety, innovation, and agriculture. The session offered these stakeholders an opportunity to provide negotiators valuable feedback on negotiating objectives for T-TIP. The chief negotiators then briefed stakeholders on the status of the talks and answered questions about the proposed agreement.

A number of T-TIP negotiating groups also continued their work today, focusing on services; market access; competition; trade facilitation; sectoral issues; investment; textiles; labor and environment; intellectual property rights, and technical barriers to trade.

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