Transatlantische Beziehungen

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Demokratie, Menschenrechte sowie wirtschaftliche und politische Freiheiten sind gemeinsame Werte der EU, der USA und Kanadas, die zudem gemeinsame außen- und sicherheitspolitische Anliegen haben. Die USA und Kanada gehören darüber hinaus zu den wichtigsten Handelspartnern der EU und sind auch Partner bei der Gestaltung der internationalen Rechtsordnung. Das Umfeld für die transatlantischen Beziehungen der EU hat sich in jüngster Zeit gewandelt, und diese sieht sich wachsenden Herausforderungen gegenüber. Nach Auffassung des EWSA gewährleistet die Einbindung der Zivilgesellschaft in diese Beziehungen, dass die transatlantischen Beziehungen den Erwartungen der Öffentlichkeit gerecht werden und wirksam zur Gestaltung einer Zusammenarbeit zu beiderseitigem Vorteil beitragen.

Das umfassende Wirtschafts- und Handelsabkommen EU-Kanada (CETA) und das Abkommen über eine strategische Partnerschaft wurden am 30. Oktober 2016 unterzeichnet. Bei der Umsetzung dieser Abkommen strebt der EWSA eine laufende Einbindung der Zivilgesellschaft an. Die Verhandlungen über eine transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft (TTIP) zwischen der EU und den USA sind derzeit ausgesetzt. Nichtsdestotrotz haben die TTIP-Verhandlungen dazu beigetragen, die Kontakte zwischen der Zivilgesellschaft der EU und der USA zu stärken und deren Standpunkte zur Gestaltung der künftigen Handelsbeziehungen zwischen der EU und den USA aufzuzeigen. Das, was hier geleistet wurde, darf nicht verloren gehen. Der Begleitausschuss Transatlantische Beziehungen wurde im September 2014 eingerichtet, um die transatlantischen Beziehungen zur Zivilgesellschaft zu begleiten und einen regelmäßigen Dialog und Konsultationen zu Fragen im Zusammenhang mit den Beziehungen zu den USA und Kanada zu gewährleisten.

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In view of the ongoing TTIP negotiations, the EESC is organising a seminar, whose main purpose will be to be to assess the need for an energy chapter in the TTIP, in particular after the lifting of the US restrictions on crude oil exports and the impact that such a chapter might have on trade of energy goods and services, and on environmental and energy policies both in the EU and the US. Main topics: a) the impact of TTIP on the EU energy market and security of energy supplies; b) the possibility to foster a more transparent, predictable, open and non-discriminatory framework for traders and investors in energy and raw materials, by improving transparency and competition in the energy sector; c) an energy chapter in TTIP as a model to shape energy relations with other countries; d) the impact on trade in environmental goods, renewable energy and energy efficiency, aiming at contributing to the achievement of SDGs and climate change targets.

21/06/2016

In the light of the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on "The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations". In this framework, the EESC is organising a public hearing, to be held at the Committee premises on 30 June 2016, beginning at 9 a.m.

30/06/2016

The EESC Employers' Group is organising a seminar on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" taking place on 26 October in Helsinki and jointly organized with the Confederation of Finnish Industries and the International Chamber of Commerce, ICC Finland.

Trade and Investment are hugely important for the EU: 1 in 7 EU jobs depend on exports. The EU cannot risk falling behind in the global race to build a wide and ambitious network of free trade agreements. The signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement (involving 12 countries and 40% of world GDP) is a timely reminder of this. This seminar, which will be attended by many of our Members together with Finnish employers and entrepreneurs, politicians and academics aims to examine how to best contribute positively to the debate as trade agreements (TTIP - TISA - CETA - EU-JAPAN) increasingly become a top political issue.

26/10/2016
Position paper
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The business sector in Europe believes a deep and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) can further enhance this economic relationship and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of trade and investment ties more fully.

The document is a summary of the discussion on the Impact of the TTIP in Malta, which took place in Valletta, Malta on 9 March 2015. The meeting was organised together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

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2015
Position paper
4 pages

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the biggest and most ambitious free trade agreement currently being negotiated by the European Union. Economists believe that an agreement with the USA will be advantageous for both the European Union and the USA, and the negative effects of trade liberalisation will be insignificant. This publication is a summary of the debate on "What development opportunities does the TTIP bring to Europe?" that was held in Sopot on 2 October 2014 as part of the European Forum for New Ideas.

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2014
4 pages

This publication provides a summary of the discussion entitled "Trading up for a stronger EU27. Free trade of the future – the social partners' perspective" which was held in Sopot (Poland) on 28 September 2017. The conference was organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee in the framework of the European Forum for New Ideas.

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2017
November 2014

Publication prepared for the TTIP Roundtable, organised by the Employers' Group on 16 December. The representatives of business from Europe and US present their views on Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership.

 

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What does business expect from TTIP

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