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.
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The Round table with policy makers and stakeholders will take place in Brussels on 12 November 2014 9 am -5 pm.
Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, Van Maerlant Building (Room VM1), 2, rue Van Maerlant
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.
ESC hearing on " Investment Protection and ISDS in EU Trade and Investment Agreements". The hearing will gather civil society representatives who will present their position towards investment protection and Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the current process of elaboration of the EU investment policy, which was added as an exclusive competence of the EU since the Lisbon Treaty.
The EESC Employers' Group is organising a seminar on the future of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership in La Valletta, Malta. This event, which will be attended by representatives of the EU and US negotiators, local politicians, business representatives and EESC members, aims to analyze the possible effects of TTIP on Maltese businesses and citizens, as well as to give a platform for Malta's business and political world to speak out on their needs and expectations from these trade negotiations. During this debate, we will also focus on what TTIP can bring to Maltese SMEs and how it could significantly support the creation of additional growth and jobs in Malta.
Joint hearing of the "SMEs, Crafts and Liberal professions" Category and the study group REX/433 "TTIP and its impact on SMEs"
In the framework of the TTIP negotiations, the European Commission presented a draft text for the chapter on regulatory cooperation in May 2015. The objective of this chapter is to remove unnecessary obstacles to trade by improving cooperation between regulators, reducing unnecessary regulatory segmentation and improve effectiveness of regulations. The regulatory cooperation should not limit the ability of EU and Member states to regulate in public interest. The modalities of implementation of the future regulatory cooperation chapter in TTIP and the sectors covered are of great interest to civil society. The Round table enabled civil society representative to comment the proposals of the European Commission and to express their recommendations.
The event gathered all main national social partners (business federations and trade unions from the 28 Member States) for a full-day debate on the opportunities and challenges of TTIP for the social partners. The meeting allowed for discussion on concrete topics via plenary sessions and parallel panels. The overall objective of the conference was to inform social partners at the national level about the different aspects of TTIP, to promote a balanced exchange of views and experiences between these different national groups aimed at reaching some common understanding on the TTIP and its repercussions.
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.
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.