30 May 2014

TTIP in the headlines

A round up of TTIP coverage in Europe this week 26 - 30 May 2014

News update

1) Merkel will Chlorhuhn in TTIP-Verhandlungen verhindern - Deutsche Mittelstands Nachrichten, 23/05/14

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat USA und EU aufgefordert, den Bürgern die Angst vor dem Freihandelsabkommen TTIP zu nehmen. Es müsse eine Negativliste darüber aufgestellt werden, was das Abkommen alles nicht regelt. Die Bürger in der EU wollten kein amerikanisches Chlorhuhn, so Merkel. Continue reading>


2) New European Parliament has no time to waste - Deutsche Welle, 25/05/14

The planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States was the source of much controversy during the election campaign. While advocates of the free trade zone, comprising 800 million citizens on two continents, are hoping for a trade revival between the two economic powers, opponents have expressed fears that strict European standards will be weakened, providing the examples of disputes over chlorinated chicken and genetically modified foods. Continue reading> 


3) EU-U.S. Trade Agreement Must Base Policies on Risk to Comply With WTO, CropLife Says - Bloomberg BNA, 27/05/14

U.S. and European officials negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement must ensure regulations on both sides of the Atlantic are based on the actual risks products pose, not just hazards they might cause, a senior trade adviser said. Continue reading>


4) Karel de Gucht über TTIP - „Was ist Ihr Albtraum?“ -, 27/05/14

EU-Handelskommissar Karel De Gucht versteht nicht, warum so viele Menschen gegen TTIP sind. Karel De Gucht: Ich fände es sinnvoll, wenn ich Handelskommissar bliebe. TTIP soll 2015 abgeschlossen sein, da kann es sich die EU nicht leisten, sechs Monate oder gar ein Jahr zu verlieren, bis sich ein neuer Kommissar eingearbeitet hat. Aber natürlich entscheide nicht ich. Belgien müsste mich nominieren, dann würde es von der Anhörung im Europäischen Parlament und der Aufgabenverteilung in der neuen Kommission abhängen. Continue reading>


5) EU-US free trade talks under fire from filmmakers - Screen Daily, 27/05/14

The TTIP free-trade talks between the EU and US continue to come under fire from a growing chorus of European film-makers and EU Culture Ministers. Europe’s film-makers together with colleagues from other cultural sectors have been rallying support foran online petition - - demanding that the negotiations be halted. Continue Reading> 


6) Concerns grow over farm drugs used like 'sweets' - BBC News, 28/05/14

The widespread use of antibiotics on farms without medical supervision has been condemned at a meeting of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). There are particular concerns about the US where authorities say it contributes significantly to resistance. There are also worries that a new US-EU trade deal will see a watering down of tougher European laws on their use. Continue reading> 


7) TTIP negotiations on chemicals set for July - Chemical Watch, 29/05/14 

According to US chief negotiator, Dan Mullaney, last week’s discussions looked at wording on most of the negotiating areas, but some regulatory topics, including chemicals, will feature in the next round. “Our work in the regulatory space and in a few other areas is proving challenging, but these challenges were not unexpected,” said Mr Mullaney. Continue reading>


8) European Elections Likely to Complicate Trade Talks With U.S. - Wall Street Journal, 29/05/14

This week’s European Union election results are likely to complicate the European push to negotiate a trade agreement with the U.S., according to people following the talks. The elections for the European Parliament showed gains for nationalist parties and politicians who want the EU to play a smaller role in the affairs of individual countries on the continent. Continue reading> 

9) EU vote may complicate US ties: analysts - Breitbart UK, 29/05/14

Stunning gains by radical euroskeptic parties could muddy transatlantic ties and help feed growing anti-American sentiment just as the EU and US seek to seal an ambitious trade pact, analysts warn. US officials said they were watching closely, as estimates from the weekend European Parliament elections showed anti-EU parties winning between 20 and 25 percent, including dramatic gains by radical anti-establishment parties. Continue reading>


10) Bilderberg at 60: inside the world's most secretive conference - The Guardian, 29/05/14

Try telling that to the lobbyists who have been working so hard to push the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal that is being negotiated. Bilderberg is packed to the gills with senior members of powerful lobby groups. Will members of BritishAmerican Business's international advisory board, such as Douglas Flint and Peter Sutherland, express BAB's fervent support of TTIP when discussing "Is the economic recovery sustainable?" Or will they leave their lobbying hats at the door? Continue reading> 

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