TTIP

Agrifood 07-06-2017

German MEP: Deadlock on organic farming reform ‘odd’

Sales of organic produce are on the up in Europe. In 2015 alone, they rose by 13%, so it is no surprise the industry is struggling to approve proposed reforms to the EU’s eco-regulation. The sector claims there is little improvement on the table. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 26-01-2017

Ex-US ambassador: Ideology has ‘Trump-ed’ common sense

Ideology has “Trump-ed” common sense in the US, the country’s former ambassador to the EU warned. Anthony Gardner said that post-Brexit trade talks between Britain and America and the UK and the EU will be long and difficult.
Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with ‘insidious’ TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EURACTIV Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

French-American political scientist and activist Susan George says that the political mainstream has abandoned many people – and they vote for populists. On CETA, she does not consider it very different from TTIP, George told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Security 15-11-2016

Spanish ex-foreign minister: ‘Either we defend ourselves or there is no defence’

Spain's former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, told EURACTIV Spain that now is not the time for alarmist reactions to Donald Trump's US election victory and that Brexit could provide Spain with an opportunity to increase its international standing.
Brexit 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.
Trade & Society 31-05-2016

Mexican minister: Trade talks with EU will be less controversial than TTIP

Mexico's Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, visited Brussels on Monday (30 May) to launch a process to upgrade the 16-year-old EU-Mexico trade agreement. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the Mexican economist eyes 2018 as the year to conclude an “ambitious” deal.
Trade & Society 19-05-2016

Trade expert: TTIP-leaks have been a gift for the deal

Following publication of the so-called TTIP-leaks, the trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the EU and US is under sustained attack and consent seems to be eroding in Europe. But trade expert Alberto Alemanno says there is a difference between perception and reality. ClassEURACTIV reports.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Caspary: TTIP could provide ‘more productive market access’ to LDCs

When it comes to TTIP, safeguarding standards and pushing European or American interests are top of both camps’ agendas. But how would an eventual agreement affect developing countries and their access to the global market? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Viviane Reding
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

Reding: TiSA is not about opening EU markets, but making others’ less closed

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is not about opening up European markets, but about making others' less closed for the sake of reciprocity, said MEP Viviane Reding, before the European Parliament is due to vote on a number of recommendations.
Agrifood 15-12-2015

US official: America’s new food safety law ‘flexible’ for EU imports

The US and Europe have a great opportunity to step up their collaboration and provide leadership on global food safety, Michael R. Taylor said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Agrifood 02-12-2015

Agriculture Secretary: Geographic protection ‘not an easy issue’ in TTIP

EXCLUSIVE / Tom Vilsack, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, said that Washington “respects” Europe’s claim for geographic protection of food in the transatlantic trade talks. But he said this should not prevent similar US products from being marketed under brands used on the American market.
Trade & Society 25-11-2015

SMEs want a TTIP rethink

What would drive the boss of a Bavarian mechanical engineering company to launch a business initiative against TTIP? Martina Römmelt-Fella detailed her concerns about it to EURACTIV Germany.
Trade & Society 26-10-2015

TTIP needs ‘one stop shop’ on IT to speed up customs, says Amcham EU

Trade officials negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should deliver a “one stop shop” to streamline customs procedures, which could be easily managed through a single IT interface used on both continents, said UPS' Walter van der Meiren in an interview with EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 28-07-2015

Malmström: We can finish TTIP during the Obama administration

The EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was amazed at German criticism over the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and emphasised its benefits in an interview with Tagesspiegel.
Trade & Society 03-07-2015

Pittella: ISDS is dead, EU-Canada trade deal must be reopened

The investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) as we know it is dead and must be replaced by a new public system, said Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Oxfam Germany director: ‘TTIP would intensify inequality in developing countries’

Developing countries will be among the biggest losers if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is implemented, warns Marion Lieser, explaining what a socially and ecologically fair trade deal would look like.
Trade & Society 25-06-2015

Katz: Regulatory cooperation does not mean surrender

Regulatory cooperation in the trade deal currently under negotiation between the EU and the US does not mean that legislators would lose their lawmaking initiative. Rather, it involves a process of dialogue, explains Sherman Katz in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.
Trade & Society 04-06-2015

AmCham Germany President: Not all positions in TTIP negotiations can be made public

The NSA affair was disastrous for German trust in the United States, and therefore for the planned EU-US trade agreement, TTIP, Bernhard Mattes told EURACTIV.de.
Trade & Society 03-06-2015

Matthias Fekl: ‘The EU should have its own arbitration court’

EXCLUSIVE / France's Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Matthias Fekl, delivered a proposal for TTIP arbitration reform in Brussels yesterday, in which he recommended the creation of a European court to settle trade disputes. He spoke to Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.
Vidar Helgesen
Global Europe 07-05-2015

Vidar Helgesen: Our EEA contribution costs almost as much as EU membership

Norway has no intention of becoming an EU member, although being part of the EEA costs the country almost as much as being a full EU member, says Vidar Helgesen.
Digital 27-04-2015

Latvian PM: If Russia attacks NATO, the treaty will be enforced

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in May, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, warned that if necessary, Article 5 of the NATO treaty will be enforced. We will not go back to the Soviet Union, she told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 24-04-2015

TUC’s Owen Tudor: ‘We are totally opposed to TTIP’

Shrouded with secrecy and posing a threat to public services, Owen Tudor tells EURACTIV why the UK Trade Union Congress doesn’t believe the hype over TTIP, and why exploitation, rather than immigration, should be the cause of people’s concerns.