United States | Brussels, 29 July 2014
Commission publishes summary state of play in TTIP negotiations – latest version now available
The EU has just updated its document summarising the latest state of play in the TTIP negotiations. It now reflects progress made in the sixth round of the talks, which took place between 14 and 18 July in Brussels.
Glossary of terms
The state of play is an official document, so it includes certain technical and legal terms:
- EU position paper – The first written text EU negotiators present (or 'table') to the US side.
The texts explain our aims and ambitions and guide us through the entire negotiation process. In fact, we published our position papers in most of the negotiating areas (in July 2013 and in May 2014). Our negotiators base their initial discussions on these papers.
- Textual proposal – negotiators then present a legal text – a textual proposal - to their counterparts.
Often our negotiators use templates from other agreements, such as ones reached at the World Trade Organisation or other bilateral trade agreements. This helps negotiators find a shared point of reference to past agreements.
- Initial offer – this sets out the extent to which we are willing to open our markets – in other words, to offer market access - in goods and/or services to our negotiating partner. Offers typically relate to tariffs, government procurement and services.
Usually, we attach this offer to our textual proposal.
- Consolidated text – this is another legal text which we base on our earlier textual proposals, and draft jointly with our negotiating partner. It generally involves putting each partner’s initial textual proposal together.
If we can’t agree on some issues, we put our proposed text alongside that of our partners, in brackets. Negotiators then focus on finding agreement on these 'bracketed' texts.
- Text-based discussion or phase
At this stage, negotiators on both sides discuss either their respective textual proposals, or a consolidated text.
Read the report of the 7th round (23 October 2014)