Tenth negotiation round, 13 to 17 July in Brussels

What was under negotiation?

The 10th round of negotiations was the first round after the adoption of a TTIP resolution by the European Parliament and the authorization of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by the U.S. Congress. Both negotiating parties stressed that they wanted to use this political momentum for the negotiations. The also referred to the G7 meeting in Germany in June, from which came an important signal from the heads of state and government for the conclusion of an ambitious transatlantic trade and investment relationship.

Priorities of the 10th negotiation round were the market access of companies in the realm of services as well as regulatory cooperation in certain key sectors. The chief negotiator for the EU, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, underlined that public services are not affected by TTIP, and that regulatory cooperation does not place the regulatory autonomy of the parties in question. Tariffs and public procurement were excluded in this round of negotiations as well as the discussion of an investment protection chapter with investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The Federation of German Industries participated in the Stakeholder Workshop and gave a presentation on regulatory cooperation in TTIP.

Results of the 10th negotiation round

  • Exchange of revised service offers from both sides. The offer from the U.S. side also includes the opening of certain services at the sub-central level.
  • Continuation of discussions between regulatory authorities in the area of pharmaceuticals on mutual recognition of good manufacturing practice.
  • Intensification of talks on good regulatory practice (impact assessments; public participation; consultation periods).
  • Continuation of discussion on energy and raw materials. However, there is still no consensus as to whether there should be a separate chapter on energy in TTIP. The EU calls for this because they want to send an important political message with a separate chapter on energy. The United States suggests that the energy-related aspects of the agreement could also be covered in the market access chapter.

Further Schedule

  • The next round of negotiations will take place in September or October 2015. Beforehand, presumably in September, a high-level meeting (stock-taking) is planned between Commissioner Malmström and U.S. Trade Representative Froman.
  • The EU Commission wants to make a proposal for a chapter of sustainability in TTIP by September. This offer should go beyond what was agreed upon in the EU free trade agreement with Canada (CETA).
  • EU Trade Commissioner Malmström has announced that the new EU offer to negotiate in the field of investment protection could also be presented in the fall.
  • The discussions on rules of origin in TTIP will be continued in depth when the United States has agreed on rules of origin with the negotiating partners in the framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • EU Trade Commissioner Malmström has said in various interviews that a conclusion of the TTIP negotiations in 2015 was unrealistic and that she aims for a framework agreement in 2016. EU negotiators underlined the goal to complete TTIP during the term of President Obama.