Focus on: TTIP, food & farming
EU shows it’s keenness for TTIP by offering to lift nearly all tariffs on goods imported from the US.
Europe’s sugar industry fears there could be sugar imports from the combined US and Mexican market if sugar is becomes part of the ongoing Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.
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.
Britain and other European Union member states are under increasing pressure from North American business groups to open their borders to imports of genetically modified food as part of negotiations for a new Transatlantic trade deal, environmental campaigners have warned.
European Union representatives travelling to Washington DC next week for the first round of negotiations with the US to forge a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership want early progress on the Americans lifting the current ban on European beef, an EU source close to the negotiations said.
Leaked from the European Commission
An EU-US free trade deal would obliterate EU safeguards for health and
the environment with regard to genetically modified (GM) crops and
foods, warns Earth Open Source.
The trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU threatens public health, consumer rights and animal welfare standards, shows new analysis today by food and trade experts
The potential for losses of between €25m and €45m for the beef sector from any trade deal between Europe and the US has provoked a sharp response from the Irish farm organisations.
Europeans don’t want their hallowed farm sector sucked into the deal.