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Round 2: Brussels, Belgium
Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12 at the Second Round of T-TIP Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium
The U.S. and EU negotiators met today in Brussels for the first day in a second round of talks to foster progress in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
The beginning of the week will be devoted to discussions on investment rules and trade in services. The teams of negotiators will continue working on those topics during the course of the week, as other negotiators meet to discuss a range of regulatory issues, including regulatory coherence, technical barriers to trade, and sectoral approaches, as well as energy and raw materials, supplemented by video conferences on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and other topics.
Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14 at the Second Round of T-TIP Negotiations in Brussels, Belgium
The second round of negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) today reached its midway point. While the beginning of the week was devoted entirely to talks on services and investment, negotiating groups in the regulatory area began their meetings today, starting with discussion of sectoral regulatory issues. These will be followed tomorrow by negotiations on regulatory coherence and on energy and raw materials.
EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero and U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney will conclude the week with stakeholder and journalist briefing sessions on Friday, 15 November to present the progress achieved during the week.
Press inquiries should be directed to John Clancy at John.Clancy@ec.europa.eu for the European Union and Anne Eisenhower at AEisenhower@ustr.eop.gov for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman issued the following statement at the conclusion of the second round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations:
“U.S. and EU teams just wrapped up a very successful and productive set of meetings in Brussels this week during the second T-TIP negotiating round. The first round of negotiations in July provided the opportunity to explore key issues that we expect to address in a comprehensive negotiation, and to identify areas of convergence and divergence. This second round has enabled us to probe more deeply into our respective approaches to specific trade and investment issues, and discuss areas of potential convergence in greater detail, including with respect to services, investment, and regulatory issues. I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made to date and look forward to continuing these discussions as we seek to enhance U.S.-EU trade and investment and grow our economies through T-TIP.”
Negotiators will continue to meet over the next several weeks in order to make additional progress before the third round, which is scheduled for December 16-20 in Washington, D.C.