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Leaked analysis says U.S. is shielding its automotive tariffs, making the value of its offer lower than that of the EU.

Wed, 10:29 AM

“It is China's stance that world trade rules should be jointly written by all countries, instead of being dictated by any single country.”

Tue, 5:35 PM

Europe is offering a lot and we are getting very little in return. This is unacceptable,” said France's minister of state for trade.

Tue, 5:04 PM

“The U.S. proposals in the Regulatory Cooperation chapter seek to export many of the worst features of U.S. rulemaking.”

Tue, 2:27 PM

Intellectual property, labor and market access on the agenda out west.

Tue, 1:20 PM

Three members of the majority Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on May 3 expressed confidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be approved in an upcoming extraordinary session of the Japanese Diet despite some resistance from opposition parties, Japanese farmers and the lack of movement in the United States Congress.

The United States in the February round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations made clear it would not agree to a European Commission request that all industrial goods tariffs in a category without a defined phaseout be eliminated in seven years.

The United States and European Union could be close to agreement on the definition of state-owned enterprises under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, with both sides seeking to move away from the numerical definition included in the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to three experts on SOEs and the U.S.-EU negotiations who have reviewed the consolidated TTIP text leaked Monday (May 2).

European Union Chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero on Monday (May 2) rejected as unacceptable U.S. proposals in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that would seek to speed up the approval process for biotechnology and pressure the EU to accept trace elements of unauthorized biotechnology traits in otherwise approved shipments to avoid “unnecessary” trade disruptions.

The chief negotiator for the European Union Ignacio Garcia Bercero on Monday (May 2) told reporters that the EU will investigate the leak of negotiating proposals for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which he said is an “issue of concern” for the EU side given that it reveals detailed U.S. negotiating positions that the Obama administration has tried to shield from outside scrutiny.

A leaked document on the state of play as of March in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) shows that U.S. and European Union negotiators have been unable to bridge differences on a range of key issues including regulatory cooperation on cosmetics and engineering, according to a copy released by Greenpeace Netherlands.

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