TTIP-Will it Happen?
On October 15, the Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) hosted a roundtable discussion with Peter Chase, vice-president for Europe at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Peter Chase presented the current status of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the U.S., highlighting it as the event that could reaffirm the confidence of European and American leaders in the economy. He drew attention to the fact that the benefits deriving from the conclusion of such an agreement would not strictly be economic and that building bridges between the European and American continent is key for the conclusion of the agreement. After his analysis, a discussion followed with the 30 young professionals taking part in the conversation. Issues explored during the discussion included the impact of the PRISM scandal and the effects of the U.S. government shutdown on the negotiation talks. Other topics, such as data protection, regulatory cooperation, and the possible inclusion of an energy chapter were also explored.
GMF recently hosted United States Trade Representative Michael Froman gave his first major address on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at GMF in Brussels on September 30, 2013.