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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Opening free trade negotiations with the United States

Speech of Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade, in the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament/ Brussels (21 February 2013)

Source: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-147_en.htm

The importance of the agreement

The word historic is often abused, used for each and every occasion. However, today I would like to use it in its full right: we are going to launch the biggest bilateral trade negotiations ever undertaken.

A future deal between the world’s two most important economic powers will be a game-changer. Together, we will form the largest free trade zone in the world. This deal will set the standard – not only for our future bilateral trade and investment but also for the development of global rules.

It will create a tremendous impact on jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.


Alert! Call for mobilisation

President Barack Obama, EU Council President Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Barroso committed on Feb 13 to start EU-US trade and investment negotiations, which may strongly affect social, labor and environmental rights in both sides of the Atlantic and deepen global trade and investment liberalization. Indeed, elites from both sides explicitly aim at greater transatlantic regulatory convergence and harmonization of future regulations between the EU and the US, in the only interests of transnational corporations and financial industry. Join us to oppose this “free trade” agenda (…). 

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US and EU governments aiming to agree transatlantic free trade pact

Herman Van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso

Moves within US Congress and 27 member governments to eliminate or minimise barriers to unfettered imports and exports

Source: in Brussels – The Guardian, Wednesday 13 February 2013

The US and the European Union on Wednesday launched their most ambitious attempt to liberalise transatlantic trade following Barack Obama’s commitment to a new pact outlined in his state of the union address.

A joint statement from Obama and the presidents of the European council and commission, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, said they would kickstart moves in the US Congress and among the 27 EU governments to open negotiations on a new free trade pact seeking to eliminate or minimise barriers everywhere from the car to the pharmaceuticals industries, to services, agriculture and investment.