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29 October 2014

TTIP: costs and benefits for the EU and Italy

- By invitation only- With the arrival of a new European Commission and following the mid-term elections to the US-Congress, the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will move into a decisive stage. - See more at: http://www.ecfr.eu/events/event/ttip_costs_and_benefits_for_the_eu_and_italy#sthash.tLP5Mq7M.dpuf

TTIP: costs and benefits for the EU and Italy

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rome 29th October, 2014

Marta Dassù, Editor-in-Chief, Aspenia; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; ECFR Council Member Josef Janning, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Chaired by: Silvia Francescon, Head of the Rome office, ECFR 

With the arrival of a new European Commission and following the mid-term elections to the US-Congress, the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will move into a decisive stage. Over the coming year there will have to be results; either TTIP will be concluded as a minimal agreement focusing on the elimination of remaining tariff barriers, or a comprehensive agreement will be reached including norms and standards, procurement rules, and investment protection, or there will be no such agreement at all.

Meanwhile, a rather broad debate has developed in EU countries about the costs and benefits of a comprehensive agreement. Concerns have been raised from the perspective of particular sectors of the economy and from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In the political discourse and from NGOs, the transparency of the negotiation process has been criticised, in particular with regard to public goods and basic public services affected by an agreement. Also, the inclusion of investment protection schemes has become a controversial part of the debate.

This event is by invitation only

For more information, please write to:rome@ecfr.eu

- See more at: http://www.ecfr.eu/events/event/ttip_costs_and_benefits_for_the_eu_and_italy#sthash.tLP5Mq7M.dpuf 

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Peter Snowdon

If the TTIP is passed without a full and open debate I think member countries should seriously consider exiting the EU. It is against the interests of the people of this continent and only benefits the large multinational corporations.

Dorothy Wigmore

This is important to those of us in North America too. Our health and rights are not for sale. Transparency matters!

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