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An expert workshop on Environmental Regulation and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), hosted by DG Environment and involving DG Enterprise and DG Trade took place in Brussels on 3 July 2014. The workshop provided an opportunity for the NGO community and other stakeholders to present their views and concerns regarding environmental regulatory issues - and in particular the regulation of chemicals - in the TTIP negotiations.
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The United States of America is an important and long-standing partner of the European Union on many global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues and in many international environmental forums and agreements.
There is frequent working and expert-level contact between Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission and US counterparts: in particular with the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a wide range of issues.
A formal EU-US High Level Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development was launched in 2006 and held meetings in 2006-2008 focused on climate negotiations. It has not met since 2009 and is now in abeyance. Nevertheless informal high-level contacts have continued on a regular and productive basis since then.
DG Environment is participating in the negotiations for an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in particular in the discussions on horizontal regulatory coherence, the chemicals and vehicles sectors, environment and sustainable development, energy and raw materials, investment and public procurement. DG Environment also participates in the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which was set up in 2007 with a view to resolving regulatory barriers to transatlantic trade. The TEC normally meets once a year. Among the main issues addressed have been REACH, raw materials (including waste recycling and shipment) and nanotechnology. We also work with the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, a coalition of US and EU CEOs set up in 1995, which advises the TEC.