TTIP still moving forward
The results of the last round of negotiations have been published on the website of DG Trade.
The spirit from the texts is still a positive one. Major points put forward by ESC have also taken aboard such as the simplification of the certificates of origin and the procedures at import (entry). Also good news is that nearly all customs tariffs would disappear if the TTIP agreement would enter into force.
For the negotiations hpowever time is running out as the Obama-administration has to face the upcoming election period. Within the EU the main challenge will be to deal with the sceptical approach of the European Parlement and in some Member-States. EU and USA have agreed to speed up the talks by doing more work in between the official negotiation round.