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Daniel Pruce

British Ambassador to the Philippines and to Palau

Part of UK in Spain

20th February 2014 Madrid, Spain

The benefits of an EU-US trade deal

The British government strongly supports a new Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the European Union and the United States. It would break down trade barriers, unlock new growth and create a huge number of jobs.

Ian Livingston, British Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Jaime García-Legaz Ponce, Spanish Secretary of State for Trade and seven of their European counterparts recently wrote to the Financial Times setting out the benefits of TTIP. The letter was published on 17 February. Here’s the full text. Please do read it if you want to know more about TTIP.

Financial Times: Letters to the Editor: More important than ever to keep eyes on TTIP prize

Sir, The high-level meeting between the EU Commission and the US Trade Representative on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which begins today, marks the shift from broad discussions toward an intensive and concrete phase of negotiations. It is more important than ever that we now keep our eyes on the prize. Neither the EU nor the US can afford to lose sight of the bigger picture and the strategic importance of the TTIP.

Talks on the TTIP provide a historic opportunity essential for the world’s two largest economies – the EU and the US – to further their relationship. To this end, the negotiations should be as comprehensive as possible.

Tariffs that are still an obstacle to transatlantic trade must be eliminated. And addressing unnecessary regulatory barriers will generate a substantial part of the benefits that we expect from the agreement, especially for our small and medium-sized enterprises.

The EU and the US should open up the transatlantic market, building on the standards we have set in the areas of environment, labour, security and health. That said, the negotiations will be broad and complex, which will require great constructiveness and flexibility on both sides to reach a balanced partnership agreement, for mutual and long-term sustainable benefit. In this we are aware of the benefits to and interests of exporters, workers, consumers, investors, farmers, entrepreneurs and environmentalists on both sides of the Atlantic and wider afield.

It is primarily by safeguarding multilateralism that we can promote internationalisation globally. The TTIP must be fully consistent with WTO rules and initiatives. In this we also believe the negotiations will have a positive impact on the entire world trade system.

Importantly, several EU and US trade partners have expressed interest in the TTIP. Studies show that the positive economic effects will go beyond the EU and US economies. We will work wholeheartedly for this to be an inclusive agreement.

We will also strive to make the process as transparent and open as possible. Our outreach activities will therefore involve all sections of society: the business sector, trade unions, consumer and environmental organisations and other stakeholders.

It is our firm belief that the TTIP will be able to unlock the full trade and investment potential between the EU and the US. This will strengthen our competitiveness, create jobs and spur growth. Together we will work intensively to achieve success.

Ian Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK
Jaime García-Legaz Ponce, Secretary of State for Trade, Spain
Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade, Sweden
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland
Carlo Calenda, Vice Minister for Trade, Italy
Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Mogens Jensen, Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Denmark
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands
Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Finland

1 comment on “The benefits of an EU-US trade deal

  1. Dear Daniel Pruce,
    pls. allow me to add to my 1st.comment the following few lines : In recent daysI ´ve heard in some discussion, that the EU should only sign this Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement – TTIP – if the US-Government is willing to say “yes” to this Non-Spy programme plus the willingness of the USA to allow at least 3 EU-States (Germany, France and Spain), to become a member of this so-called “Big 5 E´s ” nations.
    But I ´m asking you, myself and all the readers of yr. report : What Has the TTIP in common or to do with the Non-Spy programme ? In my opinion absolutely NOTHING. One is for a better , a free trade to the benfits of both sides of the Atlantic . The other one is more or less a case for a secret security administration. Best wishes, liebe Grüßle, Ingo-Steven, Stuttgart

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