TTIP

A possible free trade agreement between the 28-member European Union and the USA has been mooted for a number of years, but also mired in disagreements between the two parties. By now, however, at a time when governments are desperate to salvage jobs and get out of recession, there are indications of substantive moves towards negotiating a far-reaching deal covering trade and investment.

At the EU-US Summit in November 2011, a High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth was launched as a forum to discuss how they could further integrate their trade relationship, with the option of launching an FTA. Enthusiasm to commence negotiations on such an agreement has seemed higher among EU politicians than in the US, where a response has been somewhat muted.

According to a June 2012 Interim Report to Leaders from the Co-Chairs of the High Level Working Group, such talks should seek to conclude a proposal for a comprehensive transatlantic agreement including chapters on intellectual property, services, investment, procurement, regulatory issues and non-tariff barriers, including an SPS-plus chapter (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) and a TBT-plus chapter (technical barriers to trade), and tariffs.

In November 2012, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (now TransAtlantic Business Council), a coalition of CEOs from US and European businesses, mainly transnational corporations, co-signed a letter to EU and US leaders urging a “quick launch of negotiations toward an ambitious and comprehensive transatlantic trade and investment agreement”.

In December 2012, a coalition of 60 US food and agricultural organisations sent a letter to the office of the US Trade Representative urging that agriculture be included in the agreement and pushing back at EU regulatory measures on genetically modified crop approval and labels, and the use of pesticides, for example.

As of early 2013, European leaders are getting more and more vocal about the need to get negotiations started.

If concluded, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would be the world’s biggest FTA. According to the European Commission, the EU and US economies account together for around half the entire world GDP and for nearly a third of world trade flows. Total US investment in the EU is three times higher than in all of Asia. EU investment in the US is around eight times the amount of EU investment in India and China together. Approximately a third of transatlantic trade is estimated to consist of intra-company transfers.

January 2013


    Links

  • #noTTIP
    UK campaign website
  • #TTIP #TAFTA Watch
    Rebel Mouse on TTIP and TAFTA
  • About the EU-US trade and investment deal
    Information sharing and coordination to stop the Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), set up by Seattle to Brussels Network
  • AFL-CIO: US-EU Free Trade Agreement
    AFL-CIO website section on the proposed EU-US FTA
  • Artists against TTIP
    Artists Against TTIP is a growing group of performers, musicians, designers, visual artists, directors and thinkers who have come together to raise awareness of the threats posed by TTIP.
  • Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade
    US corporate alliance pushing for an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard trade and investment agreement between the United States and the European Union.
  • CEO on TTIP
    Corporate Europe Observatory’s analyses and reports on the TTIP negotiations
  • Education and TTIP
    Dedicated policy page on TTIP and public eduction maintained by the European Association for the Education of Adults
  • EPHA news feed on TTIP
    European Public Health Alliance news feed on the prospective EU-US Trade Agreement (TTIP) & its potential impact on public health - Subscribe!!
  • Erstes TTIP Leak
    des deutschsprachigen TTIP Mandats für die Geheimverhandlungen zwischen EU und USA
  • EU negotiating texts in TTIP
    New web page from the European Commission containing fact sheets and proposed legal text for TTIP
  • FOEE: EU-US trade deal
    Friends of the Earth Europe’s special web section on TTIP
  • Know TTIP
    Gemeinsam mit der US Regierung und der EU-Kommission verfassen Konzernvertreter in Geheimverhandlungen ein als TTIP bekanntes Freihandelsabkommen, dessen erklärtes Ziel es ist Handelshindernisse in “nicht-handelspolitischen Bereichen” zu beseitigen.
  • La Quadature du Net: TAFTA documents
    Consolidated wiki page on TAFTA
  • MORE
    MORE, the Movement for Responsibility in Trade Agreements, an association of European SMEs and citizens, was created to ensure that trade agreements such as TTIP serve business and society equitably, and to protect SMEs in Europe and the USA.
  • MORE for SMEs than TTIP
    MORE, the Movement for Responsibility in Trade Agreements, is an association of European SMEs and citizens created to ensure that trade agreements such as TTIP serve business and society equitably, and to protect SMEs in Europe and the USA.
  • Não à Parceria Transatlântica de Comércio e Investimento (TTIP)
    Grupo de Portugal para análise crítica ao Acordo UE-EUA (TTIP)
  • NO 2 ISDS!
    Web tool set up by AK Europa, ÖGB Europabüro and Friends of the Earth Europet to help people take part in the EU consultation — until 6 July 2014 — on investor-state dispute settlement as proposed for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
  • No al TTIP
    Campaña contra el Tratado Transatlántico de Comercio e Inversiones
  • No Transat!
    Après des années de négociations discrètes, l’Union européenne et les Etats-Unis préparent officiellement la mise sur pied d’un Marché transatlantique. L’objectif ? Une plus grande libéralisation des échanges commerciaux et financiers, accompagnée de politiques judiciaires et sécuritaires communes. Date butoir ? 2015… c’est-à-dire demain !
  • Non au Traité Transatlantique
    Non au Grand Marché Transatlantique – StopTAFTA – Non au TTIP – Non au TCIP
  • Occupy London STOP TTIP working group
    STOP TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) working group is working to help inform and engage the public about the serious consequences of the US- EU Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated in secret
  • Stop TAFTA - Non au grand marché transatlantique
    Site internet du collectif français Stop TAFTA
  • Stop the TTIP: European Citizen’s Initiative
    Organisations from all across Europe are currently gearing up for a European Citizens’ Initiative with the aim of repealing the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade Investor Partnership and not concluding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
  • Stop TTIP Italia
    Italy’s Stop TTIP campaign website
  • Stop TTIP-CETA-TiSA Day of Action 11Oct
    Website to support the European Day of Action against TTIP, CETA and TiSA on 11 October 2014. Please join and share!
  • The consumer view on TTIP
    Dedicated blog from BEUC, the European Consumers Organisation
  • Transatlantic Business Council
    Lobby group representing 70 global companies headquartered in the US and EU, created in 2013 as the result of a merger between TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and European-American Business Council (EABC).
  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
    The European Commission’s TTIP page
  • Treat the treaty [FR/EN]
    Bande dessinée sur TAFTA. / Comic on TTIP.
  • TTIP Information Network
    Website of Irish coalition against TTIP
  • TTIP or not
    TTIPOrNot is an independent citizens’ initiative whose main objective is to encourage everyone to stand up against the TTIP by signing the Stop-TTIP.org petition.
  • TTIP Stoppen
    Austrian campaign website
  • TTIP unfairhandelbar
    TTIP - No Thanks! A coalition of German NGOs active in the field of agriculture, environment, development and trade policy was launched to critically monitor the negotiations between the EU Commission and the US government.
  • TTIP Updates - The Glyn Moody blogs
    Tracking the twists and turns of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and spelling out what it really means
  • TTIP-info-verkosto
    Finnish TTIP-info network
  • TTIP: Beware what lies beneath
    This site is an initiative of the Green/EFA Group of the European Parliament, a platform for concerned stakeholders to discuss the current state of the negotiations and what they could mean for citizens and democracy on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • TTIP: The deal
    CORRECT!V is nonprofit investigative newsroom based in Germany and they are investigating TTIP in the public interest.
  • Youtube > TTIP
    Quick link to videos about TTIP and the people’s fight against it on Youtube