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United States | Brussels, 20 March 2015

Malmström and Froman discussed way forward in TTIP

At a meeting today in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman took stock of the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the United States. At their meeting, the two discussed the state of play in all areas of the negotiations, and the agendas for the two upcoming negotiating rounds.

"We've had good discussions today, in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Our talks built on the intense contacts had by our negotiators during and after the last negotiating round in February", said Commissioner Malmström in a comment.

"We have made considerable progress today on how to move further in our negotiations in the field of services, and how to move towards new offers before the tenth round. Both sides have shown a good understanding of each other's sensitivities", Malmström added.

"I'm also encouraged by the strong support for these negotiations shown today by EU Heads of State and Government in the European Council."

The EU and US side also agreed on a joint statement about the importance of protecting public services (other language versions) when negotiating TTIP, as well as TISA.

Malmström and Froman, along with head negotiators and others, met for close to six hours and ended their meeting with a working lunch. After their meeting, Malmström and Froman are to participate at the Brussels Forum event, organised by the German Marshall Fund. The public discussion at the Forum will touch upon, among other issues, how trade agreements like TTIP can serve a strategic purpose.

The next round of TTIP negotiations will take place in the US next month.

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