EU trade and investment agreement negotiations with the US (recorded 22/05/2013):
- extracts from the Council and Commission statements
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 22/05/2013 First transmission: 22/05/2013
MEPs debated on the goals that Parliament expects to be achieved and values that it wants to be defended in talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with United States. The debate will be followed by a vote on Thursday. The talks, which are to be authorized by the EU Council of Ministers in June and launched in July, should lead to a comprehensive deal capable of boosting economic growth in the EU by 0.5% of GDP, according to the Commission. The deal should further EU economic interests in public procurement, transport and financial services, according to the draft prepared by Vital MOREIRA (S&D, PT). At the same it must safeguard EU fundamental values, protect intellectual property rights, including geographical indications, and ensure strong protection of personal data. US-EU differences over GMOs, cloning and consumer health must not undermine the EU's "precautionary principle", it adds. The current draft also says cultural and audiovisual services should be excluded from the negotiating mandate.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English ) Lucinda CREIGHTON, EU Council , Irish Presidency
At the time when the European economy faces very difficult challenges, it's essential that our efforts are focused on measures which will concretely help to bust economic growth, restore confidence and create new and needed jobs. This will continue to be the top priority for the Irish presidency, and ambitious trade agenda covering rate on goods and services and investments is a key element of delivering growth and employment.
||SOUNDBITE (English ) Karel DE GUCHT EU Commissioner for Trade:
Our objectives for the negotiating directives are to have a broad text that gives us the necessary negotiating flexibility. Otherwise, we will never be able to also take concessions from the Americans. That means we should at all costs avoid taking issues off the table before negotiations even start. Let me be clear, this does not mean that will be not read lines during the negotiations. No fundamental EU policy is up for being traded away.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Bernd LANGE (S&D , DE)
Socialists want a trade agreement with the US against the backdrop that we take. We want a serious approach to make progress in terms of the reindustrialisation of Europe. This is why makes sense to have a look and see where we've got markets for our industrial products, and were we can generate jobs. So yes, we want an agreement that will strengthen reindustrialisation in Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (English ) Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE , NL):
Besides the opportunity to create jobs, economic growth without government needing to invest, the scope is wide and ambitious, in an unprecedented way. The road ahead will be long and rocky, but the goal of setting common standards and busting competitiveness together in a rapidly changing world are persuasive.
||SOUNDBITE (French ) Yannick JADOT (Greens/ALE , FR):
What we are negotiating now is a societal choice: public service, audiovisual services, including internet and cultural exception. There is also a need to refuse the chlorinated meat , the GMO's and hormones feed beef that the US wants to sell us. It's a societal choice.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) :
"We must be sure that we get the political momentum. In the past we have failed, because our talks were too small. Now we must see the big political picture and get our interests across. I keep hearing that if we negotiate we will loose economic power on different points. We've got our faith on our Commissioner to negotiate on our behalf and defend our interests.
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