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Opportunity to Participate in SME Focused TTIP Survey

As negotiations towards an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) move forward, the Atlantic Council is conducting research on the prospective impact of this agreement on small and medium-sized enterprises, like yours, in both the United States and European Union.

SMEs represent the vast majority of all firms in both the US and EU and account for an outsized proportion of job creation, yet they face significant barriers when attempting to export their goods and services across the Atlantic. Unlike large companies, which often have foreign affiliates in both markets and can afford to pay additional costs related to regulatory divergences, SMEs are sometimes unable to hurdle these considerable barriers.

With that in mind, our friends at the Atlantic Council are conducting a survey of American and European SMEs to identify the specific challenges that they have faced when exporting across the Atlantic, costs that may have even prevented these companies from being able to export to the US or EU at all. They will highlight specific company cases in order to personally communicate the very real obstacles faced by these businesses and emphasize the opportunity to address them through TTIP.

The Atlantic Council has reached out to the European American Chamber of Commerce New York to help identify and reach out to a select group of companies and invite them to participate in this important survey.

How You Can Help
> Company Profile
The challenges that your company faces are indicative of the kinds of problems experienced by SME’s across sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. With that in mind, the council is looking to spotlight several companies and their particular experiences in doing transatlantic business. If you agree, our partners at the Atlantic Council would be honored to profile your company via a short phone or video interview.

> Survey
They would be delighted if you would be able to take approximately 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to help inform this project by filling out our brief SME survey online. Please let me know if you’re willing and I will connect you with the team at the Atlantic Council managing the survey.

Background
The survey will be sent to companies from a number of industries and highlight a number of case studies from across the United States and European Union. By highlighting these significant hurdles, the Council will develop a number of policy recommendations to ensure that American and European negotiators address the most pressing problems facing SMEs.

Our Goals:
> Emphasize the outsized positive impact that a comprehensive agreement would have on American and European small businesses;
> Focus on informative case-studies to identify several key barriers that SMEs face when doing business across the Atlantic;
> Produce an effective policy report, with specific policy recommendations, that helps inform US and European policymakers, business leaders, and the media.

Timeline:
Our partners at the Atlantic Council are hoping to start surveying companies ideally by mid July.
If you are interested to participate please let us know at your earliest convenience, you can reach us either via email at ybr@eaccny.com or by phone at 212 808 2707.

More Information
Please take a moment to review this informational pamphlet with additional information on this project.
We hope that many of our members and SME’s in the Tristate Area will take advantage of the opportunity to make an impact on the TTIP negotiations. We look forward to working with you in this effort, and would like to sincerely thank you for your help as we move this important project ahead.

Your EACCNY Team!