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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

BDI calls for a strong, ambitious, and fair Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union.

TTIP: Obama’s Hannover Visit Revives Talks

The transatlantic market

Arguments for TTIP

Myths, facts and arguments


BDI Position: Anti-Corruption in TTIP

The EU Commission’s new Trade and Investment Strategy foresees the inclusion of anti-corruption regulation in EU free trade agreements. BDI supports the inclusion of such mechanisms under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) based on existing international conventions on anti-corruption.

The Precautionary Principle in EU Free Trade Agreements

BDI supports the precautionary principle. EU primary law lays down the precautionary principle as the foundation of regulatory measures in EU member states. Furthermore, EU free trade agreements and international trade law safeguard the right to precautionary regulation.

Negotiate an ambitious TTIP: For clear rules and real opportunities

Reducing tariffs, intensifying regulatory cooperation, opening markets in services, and improving access to public procurement will create jobs and prosperity.

Eliminate tariffs on industrial goods and simplify rules of origin

The elimination of tariffs, efficient customs procedures, and simple rules of origin would significantly facilitate transatlantic trade.

Strengthen regulatory cooperation

Diverging approval and certification processes place a heavy burden on transatlantic trade. Regulatory cooperation has the potential to facilitate trade without jeopardizing our high standards.

Strengthen and modernize investment protection

Modern investment protection in TTIP can become a model globally – with greater transparency and clearer rules.



Massive uncertainty in the economy

- Following his victory in the US presidential election, Donald Trump would be well advised not to isolate the US economy from the rest of the world. more

The German government must show stronger commitment to TTIP

- BDI President Ulrich Grillo responds to the recent statements from Germany’s Economics Minister on the progress of TTIP negotiations. more

Europe needs TTIP

- The BDI is calling upon EU heads of state and government to express their clear support for TTIP and CETA. Setbacks in trade policy would weaken the EU. more

Free Trade Dialogue Forum: Neutral Forum to Discuss TTIP

- Last year, BDI and its members launched the Free Trade Dialogue Forum. more

TTIP: A great opportunity for Germany and Europe

- Statement on the release of secret TTIP documents more

BDI and U.S. Chamber of Commerce submit declaration on TTIP

- On the occasion of the Hannover Messe, BDI and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have submitted a joint declaration on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership TTIP to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman. more