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03 December 2014
Future of EU-US trade talks: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
The European Journalism Centre, in co-operation with the European Commission's DG Trade, invites 20 journalists from the EU28 to take stock of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations to date and to assess progress made so far. This high-level event will take place in Brussels on 3 and 4 December 2014, after the seventh round of the negotiations has been concluded in Washington in October 2014. The eighth round of talks is foreseen to take place in Brussels before the end of year.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, aims to remove a wide range of barriers to bilateral commerce. The EU and the US launched the negotiations in June 2013 and the aim is to stimulate more trade and investment, and, in the process, to produce more economic growth and employment. It is potentially the biggest trade deal in the world, promoting sustainable economic growth, creating quality jobs, and foster financial stability in both the EU and the US.
The seminar shall take a closer look at the current state of play of the TTIP negotiations, the economic benefits of the EU-US trade deal, the Investor to State Dispute Settlement procedure, or ISDS, as well as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, or CETA.
The journalists will have a unique opportunity to meet all of the central EU actors involved in the TTIP negotiations, including the chief negotiator, Ignacio Garcia-Bercero. The participation of the new EU commissioner for trade is yet to be confirmed. Additionally, the seminar will feature a dinner debate hosted by the German MEP Bernd Lange, the chair of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade.
The event is exclusively catered for specialist and expert journalists in the field of EU affairs.
For further information, please contact Malou Oldenhof (firstname.lastname@example.org).