Resources

U.S. Government Reports


Reducing Transatlantic Barriers to Trade and Investment
September 30, 2013: The Commission’s assessment of the likely benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is based on analysis carried out by the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee: The U.S. – EU Free Trade Agreement: Tipping Over the Regulatory Barriers
July 24, 2013: The subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade hosted a hearing on TTIP and invited several prominent stakeholders to provide testimony. There testimonies are collected here. 

Proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): In Brief
July 23, 2013: The Congressional Research Service issued a report discussing Congress’s interest in TTIP that highlighted the issues such as market access, regulatory issues, and rule making.

Remarks by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership First Round Opening Plenary
July 8, 2013: Opening remarks of the TTIP negotiations. In his statement Froman discussed the great opportunity the negotiators have to improve the lives of Europeans and Americans.

USTR List of Lead Negotiators for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
July 8, 2013: The list of lead negotiators for each of the major negotiating areas for the TTIP treaty.

Fact Sheet: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)
June 17, 2013: Statement issued by the White House announcing the launch of negotiations between the U.S. and EU along with explaining the aims of the negotiations.

Prepared Statement on Behalf of the Coalition of Services Industries and the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade Before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade on “U.S. – EU Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations”
May 16, 2013: Statement asserting support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations from both coalitions due to the potential increase in “economic prosperity of the United States and the European Union”

White House Press Conference at G20 Summit
June 19, 2012: White House press conference upon conclusion of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. President Obama discussed a deepening single market in Europe, and announced that he was “taking the next step” towards a launch of negotiations for a trade agreement with the EU.

President’s Export Council Letter to the President on Launching Transatlantic Partnership (TAP)
June 6, 2012: Export Council letter to President Obama congratulating him on the establishment of the HLWG and urging him to take further steps towards a Transatlantic Partnership (TAP).

White House Press Release: Statement by President Obama at Closing of G8 Summit
May 19, 2012: President Obama concluded the G8 summit at Camp David discussing the future of the economy, especially in the EU. He cited the sovereign debt crisis, the crisis in Greece, and the unity of the EU as major focus points. President Obama also addressed issues on the environment and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa as well.

Letter from the U.S. House of Representatives to President Obama
May 14, 2012: Fifty-one U.S. Congressmen commended President Obama on the establishment of the HLWG and urged him to stimulate trade and investment between the U.S. and the EU. Eliminating tariffs could increase exports to the EU by 17% over the next five years, but further integration—such as regulatory cooperation—must also happen. 

Letter from the U.S. Senate to President Obama
February 22, 2012: Twenty U.S. Senators commend the establishment of the HLWG while urging the administration to move forward and formulate a proposal for a FTA between the U.S. and the EU. A FTA between the two countries could save private firms billions of dollars and increase the GDP by $180 billion in five years.

 

EU Reports


Update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – First Negotiation Round
July 16, 2013: The European Commission hosted a panel discussion with members of the Directorate-General for Trade and stakeholders in order to provide information on the first round of negotiations to the public.

EU publishes initial TTIP Position Papers
July 16, 2013: The EU published its initial set of TTIP position papers in order to inform the public about the negotiations. These position papers were presented to the American trade representatives during the first round of negotiations.

List of Lead Negotiators for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
July, 2013: The list of lead negotiators for each of the major negotiating areas for the TTIP treaty.

Member States endorse EU – US trade and investment negotiations
June 14, 2013: The Member States of the EU aggree on a mandate that allows the European Commission to begin trade negotiations with the United States. The main elements of the mandate include market access, regualtory issues, and shared global trade challenges.

European Parliament Report on Trade and Economic Relations with the United States 
October 15, 2012: European Parliament Report on trade relations with the United States outlines current conditions and concerns of the Parliament, including agricultural regulation and quality, trade and investment capacity, and the economic crises.

European Council Conclusions
October 10, 2012: European Council conclusions focusing on economic issues. The EC proposes multiple methods for strengthening the European economy including “harnessing the potential of trade”, stressing a movement to increase free trade with Japan, Canada, Singapore, and especially the U.S., noting that the February 2013 council will elaborate further on a possible Transatlantic trade agreement.

European Council Conclusions
June 29, 2012: European Council conclusions focused on strategies for growth, investment, and jobs. In the face of the sovereign debt crisis, and weakness in the financial sector, the EC decided to address these issues by promoting investment and trade, and strengthening the EMU and single market.

European Union Press Release: U.S.-EU Summit: Fact Sheet on High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth 
November 28, 2011: EU summary on the established HLWG. The purpose of the HLWG is to examine options in areas including trade barriers, regulation compatibility, and the development of regulation. The HLWG is meant to look at short-term and medium-term impacts on the economy, as well as feasibility and implications in other multilateral trade obligations.

 

Other Reports


TTIP: What’s in it for me?
July 2014: The UK Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills has published information regarding the consumer benefits of TTIP. The leaflet explains the background of TTIP, as well as several tangible benefits the conclusion of TTIP would bring to consumers

The Transatlantic Economy 2014
March 11, 2014: Annual survey by Trans-Atlantic Business Council, Center for Transatlantic Relations, and AmCham EU on the US-EU economic relationship.

Unleashing the Transatlantic Potential
October 2013: The Confederation of the Danish Industry asses the economic gains that European Union and United States will experience from the TTIP.

TTIP and the Fifty States: Jobs and Growth from Coast to Coast 
September 24, 2013: The Atlantic Council, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the British Embassy in Washington revealed the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The agreement will strengthen the economies and create up to 750,000 jobs for the United States. 

Top 10 Overlooked Facts About Transatlantic Trade
July 30, 2013: Slideshow identifies ten statistics about transatlantic trade demonstrating its often overlooked importance. For instance, together, the U.S. and EU can raise global standards.

Top 10 Overlooked Facts About Trade
June 2013: Slideshow identifies ten statistics about trade demonstrating its often overlooked importance in the United States. For instance, 1 in 5 American jobs (38 million) are supported by trade. 

U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth Interim Report from Co-Chairs
June 19, 2012: In their interim report, the HLWG agrees the best way to encourage job creation and growth is to establish a transatlantic trade and investment agreement. The report cites SPS and TBT issues, particularly in the agricultural sector, as the primary hurdles to a free trade agreement.

White House Press Release: U.S.-EU Joint Statement on the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth
June 19, 2012: Upon the release of an interim report by the HLWG, the U.S. and EU issued a joint statement urging the group to complete its work as quickly as possible. The report addressed concerns in market opening, regulatory issues, and possible approaches to intellectual property rights

Business Leaders Welcome HLWG
May 12, 2012: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers joint letter congratulating President Obama on the establishment of the High Level Working Group (HLWG). The associations urged the President to take further step in establishing transatlantic trade negotiations with his European counterparts.

Transatlantic Business Association Statement on the HLWG
March 20, 2012: Joint statement released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BusinessEurope commending the establishment of the HLWG and encouraging more commitments and initiatives to launch closer trade relations.

U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth Final Report 
February 11, 2013: In their final report the HLWG concludes that in order to promote the economies of both the U.S. and the EU that leaders should launch comprehensive trade negotiations. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce-BusinessEurope Federal Register Notice to HLWG
February 2, 2012: Joint letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BusinessEurope urging L. Daniel Mullaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, to take swift action and be ambitious in his recommendation to President Obama, President Barroso, and President Van Rompuy concerning trade relations between the EU and U.S. The letter recommends a number of steps that could be taken to facilitate a transatlantic trade agreement.

U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) Joint Statement
December 17, 2010: TEC statement providing update on the issues, initiatives, and progress achieved thus far. 

White House Press Release: U.S.-EU Summit Joint Statement
November 20, 2010: Declaration by US and EU trade leaders addressing three key areas of cooperation: ensuring strong balanced and sustainable economic growth and job creation, tackling global challenges such as climate change and international development, and strengthening security. The leaders recommend economic growth through fiscal consolidation, market reform, exchange rate stabilization, and a tightening of transatlantic trade relations.