A fourth round of EU-US trade talks will kick off in Brussels this coming Monday, 10 March 2014. The talks will help pave the way for a future trade and investment deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.
Negotiators will discuss different aspects of the agreement, including: trade in services; public procurement; rules of origin; technical barriers to trade; agriculture; and customs and trade facilitation.
Stakeholder outreach – Wednesday 12 March
In tandem with next week’s talks, the EU will host a series of meetings for stakeholders including business, labour, environmental and consumer groups in Brussels on Wednesday 12 March 2014.
This is part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to hear from as wide a range of interests as possible as we move ahead in the negotiations.
Registration for the stakeholder meetings is now closed. Before the day itself, the Commission will publish a detailed schedule on our dedicated TTIP webpages.
The day will comprise two sessions:
1. Stakeholder Presentations
- The Commission held an open call in February for stakeholders wishing to make presentations to EU and US negotiators during the fourth round of negotiations. We received over 200 expressions of interest, either to speak at or to observe the session.
- Over 80 EU- and US-based stakeholders will explain their views on different aspects of the talks by making presentations to both sides’ negotiators and other interested stakeholders.
- Members of the press:
- may also attend this session, on an on-the-record basis
- will not be able to ask questions or film the session, but will be able to use photos and stockshots of the session for free – these will be available online from the European Commission’s Audiovisual Service, and ask questions at a press conference on Friday 14 March
- are asked to register for the stakeholder presentations session by emailing Felicitas.Rohder[at]ec.europa.eu before midday on Friday 7 March, stating in the email your: full name, contact details, media outlet and accreditation status with the Commission – obtained/required.
2. Chief Negotiators’ Briefing to Stakeholders
- The EU and US Chief Negotiators will debrief stakeholders on progress to date with the negotiations, and the next steps in the process as they see them.
- Stakeholders will then be able to put questions directly to the Chief Negotiators, and raise with them issues of concern or interest.
- Members of the press will not be present at this session. The Commission will upload footage of the full session soon afterwards on our dedicated TTIP webpages.
Press and media briefing – Friday 14 March
The Commission will hold a media briefing at the end of the talks on Friday 14 March 2014. Registration for this is now closed.
The public will be able to follow the press conference live as an EbS webstream.
Talks on a future EU-US trade deal started in July 2013 and are set to continue throughout 2014.
An EU-US trade agreement would cut businesses’ costs and generate enough growth and jobs to boost the EU economy by up to €120 bn. And it would do so whilst respecting both sides’ environmental, labour and consumer protection standards (see this memo (13/211) for more details).
It would also give consumers access to a wider range of high-quality products and services than ever before.
The US is already the EU’s number one export market. A new pact would offer still further opportunities to EU companies to export to the US – and encourage US firms to invest even more in Europe than they do now. By doing so, it would help generate the taxes that fund public services across the EU, from healthcare to pensions.
The agreement could benefit the rest of the world, too. Studies suggest it would give economies across Latin America, Africa and Asia a boost of up to €100 bn a year. And contribute in strengthening global trade related disciplines.
Find out more
Visit the EU’s dedicated webpages for:
- updates throughout the week as the negotiations take place
- background information about the EU-US trade talks now underway.
You can also follow the EU’s negotiating team on Twitter: @EU_TTIP_team.