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United States | Washington, 10 July 2013

Update on the first round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations

Today, U.S. and European Union (EU) negotiators paused Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations to meet with approximately 350 stakeholders at a series of events, including an engagement event hosted by the United States. Representatives from academia, labor unions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations spoke with and heard from the U.S. and EU negotiators about priorities for and progress on the proposed trade agreement. TTIP negotiators also had the opportunity to listen to 50 formal stakeholder presentations.

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Following the three-hour engagement event, U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney and EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero convened a stakeholder briefing session at which they provided updates on the first round of negotiations and answered questions related to the proposed agreement.

Negotiating groups responsible for the following issues met on July 10th, at times not in conflict with the stakeholder event: regulatory issues, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, e-commerce and telecommunications, intellectual property rights, investment, labor, and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Negotiating groups responsible for the following areas are scheduled to meet on July 11th : sanitary and phytosanitary measures, agricultural market access, investment, dispute settlement, the environment, financial services, competition, labor, customs/trade facilitation, and state-owned enterprises.

Press inquiries should be directed to Andrea Mead for the Office of the United States Trade Representative at amead@ustr.eop.gov and Eva Horelova for the European Union at Eva.horelova@eeas.europa.eu.