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.