Fourth round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): extracts from the joint press conference by Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for the TTIP, and Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the TTIP
Type: Press conference - summary
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 14 March 2014, Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for the TTIP, gave a joint press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, following the Fourth round of negotiations for the TTIP.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for TTIP, at the press conference
||Soundbite by Ignacio Garcia Bercero (in ENGLISH): In the TTIP framework the EU and the US have also agreed to work on greater regulatory compatibility in some key sectors. Discussions have covered several sectors such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices, automotives and chemical sector among others.
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||Soundbite by Ignacio Garcia Bercero (in ENGLISH): I would like to highlight the progress that we have made this week on our common agenda of improving the business climate for SMEs. The smaller businesses in our economy constitute the bark of employment. Two out of three jobs in the private sector in the EU and are the backbone of our economies; 99% of the EU businesses. TTIP is also about helping decent entrepreneurs grow restarting an increase in jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.
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||Soundbite by Dan Mullaney (in ENGLISH): As in previous rounds, negotiators spent a great deal of time in this week seeking to advance our joint goal of reducing or eliminating barriers to trade that arise from unnecessary regulatory divergences between the US and Europe. A goal that - I have to emphasize- must be achieved without any diminution of our high levels of protection for the environment, for labour rights, for consumers, for public health and safety.
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||Soundbite by Dan Mullaney (in ENGLISH): Small businesses that engage in international trade grow faster, pay higher wages, add jobs more quickly than those that purely serve domestic markets. The joint document we are releasing today includes examples of SMEs of both sides that are already benefitting from EU-US trade and can expect even greater opportunities from a TTIP agreement.
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||Soundbite by Dan Mullaney (in ENGLISH): A comprehensive and 21st-century trade and investment partnership agreement should include appropriate protections for investors on both sides of the Atlantic. For us that does include methods for dispute settlements both in the state-to-state and the investor-to-state context. We do think it is important however that this provisions respect the regulatory space and nothing we do to provide the investor protections that investors expect will interfere with the regulatory space.
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||Soundbite by Ignacio Garcia Bercero (in ENGLISH): For the EU public procurement is one of our core interests in this negotiation. It is one of the three key components on market access and we believe it is important to achieve ambitious results in all three components. By the way, it is not limited to the issue of state level. There are also important issues to be discussed at a central level and I think our negotiators have been discussing all aspects of public procurement. From our point of view, the fundamental objective would be to avoid discrimination in public procurement so that European and American firms can be treated on an equal footing in procurement markets.
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||Soundbite by Ignacio Garcia Bercero (in ENGLISH): The EU certainly recognises and has an interest in developing a strong chapter in this agreement on sanitary matters. It is an issue of great importance for our supporters to the US. We have an interest in having a forward looking chapter on that matter but it is absolutely clear and it has been clear from the very beginning that nothing that we do in this negotiation would imply putting in question the food safety legislations of the EU.
||Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Dan Mullaney leaving the press conference