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01/10/2016

French business lobby: ‘Prolonging Brexit will damage the EU’

Topic: TTIP


Trade & Society 26-09-2016

TTIP: Negotiations ‘in the void’

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are forging ahead, despite opposition from a number of countries. And the American elections are almost certain to compromise the deal. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

EU rules out trade deal with the US before Obama leaves office

The European Commission and member states agreed on Friday (23 September) that it is “unlikely” to conclude the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  (TTIP) with the US before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Elections 23-09-2016

Brussels or Berlin? Schulz tight-lipped on possible tilt at chancellor

At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Austria, France propose restarting TTIP under new name

Austria and France will today (23 September) propose ending the current round of trade talks between the United States and the European Union, and starting fresh talks under a new name, Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said.
Trade & Society 21-09-2016

Thousands protest in Brussels against US, Canada trade deals

Thousands of protesters marched through Brussels on Tuesday (20 September) to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labour conditions and allow big business to challenge governments.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

France tells EU to get tough on TTIP

France has called for the EU to rethink its approach to trade negotiations, while pushing ahead with CETA, the free trade deal with Canada. But free trade is an increasingly thorny subject with European citizens. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Anti-CETA feeling in Austria yields nothing tangible

Members of Austria’s Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) have overwhelmingly shown their opposition to the EU’s trade deal with Canada, known as CETA. But party leader and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern seems to be fighting a losing battle against it. EurActiv Germany reports.

Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Germany's Gabriel gets SPD green light to support CETA

Germany appeared set yesterday (19 September) to back an ambitious trade accord between the European Union and Canada after the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in the ruling coalition, overcame left-wing resistance to the deal within his party.
Trade & Society 16-09-2016

What does Brexit mean for the EU’s ongoing trade negotiations?

Brexit may well weaken liberal voices in Europe, as the EU loses a major political and economic partner with a consistent history of championing free trade, writes Jan Zahradil.
Trade & Society 16-09-2016

12 EU ministers back divisive trade deal with the US

Ministers from 12 EU countries have written to the bloc's trade chief to back a planned trade accord with the United States, declaring clear support for negotiations that have divided opinion on both sides of the Atlantic.

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit

Trade unions will fight tooth and nail against any erosion of social rights currently guaranteed by the EU, in the wake of Brexit, in the UK or elsewhere, writes Luca Visentini.
Future EU 15-09-2016

Should we refortify or reinvigorate Europe?

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, continuing with Thomas Henökl and Niels Keijzer.
Trade & Society 15-09-2016

TTIP: A new political and economic reality

Whether an EU-US trade deal is concluded this year, next year, or 2020, is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. As the world’s centre of gravity inexorably moves towards Asia, Europe has an appointment with history, writes René van Sloten.
Public Affairs 15-09-2016

European Parliament quietly scuppers lobbying reform

The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 15-09-2016

Ignoring data-flows is disastrous for Europe’s economy

The EU must come to the negotiating table on cross-border data flows or risk harming its economy and its reputation as a good place to do business, write Dean Garfield and John Higgins.
Trade & Society 13-09-2016

A plea for science-based standards in TTIP

The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.
Trade & Society 09-09-2016

Merkel: 'Let's keep negotiating TTIP'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union should keep negotiating with the United States on the new free trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Trade & Society 08-09-2016

Sarkozy wants to restart TTIP negotiations in 2017

The French right has called for the TTIP negotiations to be restarted after the 2017 elections in Germany, the United States and France. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 05-09-2016

Moscovici: It is 'not appropriate' to suspend TTIP talks

France's European Commissioner believes the EU should continue its trade negotiations with the United States and stand up for its demands, rather than follow the French government's example and give up on the project. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 05-09-2016

Belgium says TTIP talks seem unbalanced, may need pause

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel over the weekend became the latest European politician to voice doubts over the possibility of the EU agreeing a major new trade deal with the United States, saying in a newspaper interview that negotiations might have to be abandoned for now.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Bratislava summit to focus on security

The informal Bratislava summit of the 27 heads of state and government of the post-Brexit EU will focus mostly on the internal and external security, a high-level diplomat told Brussels journalist today (2 September).
Trade & Society 02-09-2016

Germany and France divided over TTIP

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday (1 September) demanded a "clear halt" to negotiations towards an ambitious US-EU trade agreement as Germany's leader stressed her continued support for the contentious pact.
UK & Europe 01-09-2016

French business lobby: 'Prolonging Brexit will damage the EU'

The result of the British referendum should be enacted as soon as possible to avoid paralysing the European Union, France's top business lobbyist told EurActiv France.