The European Commission has proposed including binding new rules on how the U.S. and EU should go about determining the equivalency of their respective food safety regimes as well as obligations to cooperate to improve animal welfare as part of a proposal for a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a newly leaked draft text.
A newly released internal European Commission email shows that the U.S. government has pressed the EU to fundamentally alter proposed legislation aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels in a way that environmental advocates claim would weaken European efforts to fight global climate change.
Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler today (July 23) claimed that other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have begun to show more flexibility on outstanding rules issues in the 12-party negotiations as a result of progress they have made in market access talks with Japan, following an April U.S.-Japan leaders' summit.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said today (July 22) that he has finished drafting a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank but that the decision of whether to introduce it rests with the Senate Democratic leadership, which he revealed is in talks with the House Republican leadership about how to move forward with Ex-Im reauthorization.
UPDATED: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee are slated to hold separate hearings next week evaluating the status of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Finance is also separately holding a trade subcommittee hearing on the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) free trade agreement.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) rejected the notion that U.S. officials are "dragging their feet" in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and indicated he was pleased by the amount of "technical analysis" the U.S. had put into the talks so far.
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- Commission Says U.K., Austria, Germany Contributed Most Comments On ISDS Pause
- Turkey Indicates Desire To Host 10th WTO Ministerial In Message For General Council
- WTO Launches New Facility To Coordinate TFA Efforts Between Developing, Donor Countries
- Bipartisan Draft Letter Requests USDA Repeal COOL Rule In Event Of Adverse WTO Ruling
- General Council To Hear Updates On TFA, Post-Bali Work Program At July 24-25 Meeting
- EU Parliament Members Press De Gucht On TTIP, CETA, Bali, Transparency At INTA Meeting
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