Thank you to the 300+ delegates who attended this year's conference. A selection of photos is now available to view here.
At the recent G20 Summit in Australia, political leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reaffirmed their commitment to delivering on the TTIP trade deal, emphasising its economic and globally strategic importance.
This 2nd Forum Europe conference looking at EU-US trade and specifically TTIP, brought over 250 stakeholders together to assess what 2015 has in store for the TTIP. The conference once again featured a combination of plenary sessions and sector-specific breakouts. More details are available on the agenda page here.
If you are interested in discussing this event in more detail, or interested in becoming involved with a future event on TTIP or global trade, please contact Jessie Atkinson on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 2920 783 029.
Senior Advisor for Standards and Global Regulatory Policy
United States Department of Commerce
Director, International Bilateral Relations
DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Acting Head of Unit, Information, Communication and Civil Society
DG Trade, European Commission
The original deadline for completion, the end of 2014, will soon have passed. With a new European Commission and Parliament, and following November’s mid-term elections to Capitol Hill, pressure is on negotiators to finalise the agreement by the end of 2015, and before President Obama’s mandate comes to an end. This pressure comes against a backdrop of increasing media hostility and public protest in Europe, and a scaling up of outreach efforts by proponents of the deal.
With the TTIP deal having to be approved by both the European Parliament and the US congress, and with President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority still to be agreed, what does 2015 hold for the TTIP negotiations?
You can watch a video outlining some of the key topics for debate here.
Central themes include:
- How sound are the projected benefits of TTIP for growth and jobs?
- Assessing regulatory compatibility: are there areas where progress is being made?
- What impact, on both sides of the Atlantic, might TTIP have on consumers and for SMEs?
- A discussion on the ISDS and its role in the TTIP
- How will the issues around public sector procurement play out in the coming months?
- Which sectors and negotiating teams are making progress with regards to regulatory cooperation and equivalence?
- In the US, how has the change in the political landscape following November 2014’s midterm elections affected TTIP’s prospects?
- What is the importance of finalising a TTIP deal in geopolitical terms for Europe and the US? What impact might this deal have on global trade?