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03 November 2015
IIEA event on TTIP
IIEA Brussels, invites you to join us for a debate on TTIP, the proposal for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on Tuesday 3rd of November at 19.00 at the Northern Ireland Executive Office, 180 Chaussée d'Etterbeek, 1040 Brussels.
Debate – TTIP a Trojan horse or a terrific opportunity?
The Institute of International and European Affairs, Brussels invites you to join us on Tuesday the 3rd of November at 19.00 to hear about the prospects for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) between the EU and the US:
Following the eleventh round of TTIP negotiations which took place this week, Justine Korwek, Head of the Brussels Office for the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, will discuss what a trade deal between the EU and U.S. might look like, arguing why it is needed and what the opportunities for countries like Ireland could be.
Also presenting to us will be the Director General of the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC), Monique Goyens on why she thinks a TTIP deal could be a risky endeavour that citizens and governments such as Ireland should be cautious about supporting. She will explain the reasons why many see the potential agreement – which some have described as a “Trojan horse” - as problematic for consumers and citizens. This event will aim to explore both sides of the robust public debate around this trade agreement in the EU.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to remove trade barriers between the world’s two largest economies – the EU and the US. The goal is to create growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. There are three pillars upon which any future agreement will be based:
1. Market access for businesses
2. Enhancing regulatory cooperation
3. Setting international rules
A report on TTIP commissioned for the Irish government predicted that a deal on the transatlantic trade partnership would add €2 billion, or 1.1% of Ireland’s GDP, to the economy each year. Moreover, a recent opinion poll from Irish polling company Red C found that 69% of Irish people are in favour of TTIP. Yet a fear of multinationals intentions coupled with a growing distrust of European governments is fuelling an increasing antipathy towards the transatlantic trade pact in many parts of Europe.
Join us on the 3rd of November to hear both sides of the story as we debate, TTIP a Trojan horse or a terrific opportunity?
When: 19.00 Tuesday 3rd of November
Where: Northern Ireland Executive Office
180 Chaussée d’Etterbeek, 1040 Brussels