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Statement by Ambassador Michael Froman Following Meeting with European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman met today with European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (T-TIP).  The meeting was their first face-to-face meeting and an opportunity to discuss their work on a fresh start to the negotiations. The meeting builds on the leaders meeting that took place in Brisbane, Australia during the G-20, where President Barack Obama and European Union President Juncker, and European leaders recommitted to the aims of T-TIP. Commissioner Malmström will visit Washington December 8-9 to meet again with Ambassador Froman.  That meeting will be followed by a formal negotiating round in Brussels in early February.

Following the meeting, Ambassador Froman released the following statement:

“We have an opportunity to work together for a fresh start to the negotiations and we are off to a good beginning. The United States is committed to moving forward with T-TIP as soon as we can and as fast as we’re able. T-TIP can make a major contribution towards underscoring that the transatlantic relationship is second to none at a time of geopolitical uncertainty around the world. We very much look forward to working with Commissioner Malmström and her colleagues toward that objective.”