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EU, USA och Kanada delar värderingar som demokrati, mänskliga rättigheter och ekonomisk och politisk frihet och har utrikespolitiska intressen och säkerhetsintressen som överlappar varandra. USA och Kanada hör till EU:s främsta handelspartner och är också partner i utformningen av den internationella rättsordningen. De transatlantiska förbindelserna äger nu för tiden rum i en ny miljö och ställs inför allt större utmaningar. Vi anser att det civila samhällets delaktighet i detta förhållande utgör en garanti för att de transatlantiska förbindelserna ska kunna leva upp till allmänhetens förväntningar och på ett effektivt sätt bidra till att forma ett ömsesidigt fördelaktigt samarbete.

Det övergripande avtalet om ekonomi och handel mellan EU och Kanada (Ceta) och det strategiska partnerskapsavtalet undertecknades den 30 oktober 2016. Vi kommer att sträva efter att det civila samhället fortlöpande involveras i genomförandet av dessa avtal. Förhandlingarna om det transatlantiska partnerskapet för handel och investeringar mellan EU och USA (TTIP) står för närvarande stilla. TTIP-förhandlingarna har dock bidragit till att stärka kopplingarna mellan EU:s och USA:s civila samhälle och till att forma det civila samhällets åsikter om hur de framtida handelsförbindelserna mellan EU och USA bör se ut. Dessa resultat får inte gå förlorade. Vår uppföljningskommitté för transatlantiska förbindelser inrättades i september 2014 med uppdraget att övervaka de transatlantiska förbindelserna med det civila samhället och att upprätta en regelbunden dialog och ett regelbundet samråd om frågor som rör förbindelserna med USA och Kanada.

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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
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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
09/11/2020
Presentation
Statement by
President Christa Schweng
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

In my capacity as President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), I extend my sincere congratulations to Mr. Joe Biden for his election as the 46th President of the United States of America, as well as to Ms. Kamala Harris as Vice-President.

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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
Publication
Thematic paper
4 pages

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
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Thematic 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
November 2014
Newsletter

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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