Third negotiation round, 16 to 20 December 2013 in Washington DC

What was under negotiation?

Work on the architecture of the agreement as well as in the areas of market access and regulatory issues was continued. Furthermore, there were discussions on competition policy, meeting labor, social and environmental standards as well as customs facilitations.

What was the outcome?

  • The negotiating teams made progress on regulatory cooperation in several sectors including automotive, cosmetics, chemical products, information and communication technologies (ICT), pharmaceutical products and medical equipment.
  • Following discussions on public procurement, the negotiators explained that market opening at the level of individual countries was also possible.
  • After publication of a study by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), it became possible to start talks on scrapping customs duties.
  • The EU chief negotiator Ignacio García Bercero again stressed that any deal would uphold "the highest standards of consumer, environment, health and labour protection”.

How were interest representatives and stakeholders involved?

As in previous rounds, lead negotiators discussed the goals of the agreement with stakeholders and players from business and civil society in the framework of a civil society dialogue. Stakeholders were able to submit positions in the framework of a stakeholder forum.