In yet another signal that the United States is pushing hard for a significant outcome in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks by November, the United States and Japan last week committed to other TPP countries that they will disclose the details of their bilateral discussions on market access to all parties in October, thereby launching a new phase of intensive tariff negotiations among all 12 TPP countries, according to informed sources.
The European Commission has proposed including binding new rules on how the U.S. and EU should go about determining the equivalency of their respective food safety regimes as well as obligations to cooperate to improve animal welfare as part of a proposal for a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a newly leaked draft text.
A newly released internal European Commission email shows that the U.S. government has pressed the EU to fundamentally alter proposed legislation aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels in a way that environmental advocates claim would weaken European efforts to fight global climate change.
Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler today (July 23) claimed that other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have begun to show more flexibility on outstanding rules issues in the 12-party negotiations as a result of progress they have made in market access talks with Japan, following an April U.S.-Japan leaders' summit.
UPDATED: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee are slated to hold separate hearings next week evaluating the status of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Finance is also separately holding a trade subcommittee hearing on the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) free trade agreement.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said today (July 22) that he has finished drafting a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank but that the decision of whether to introduce it rests with the Senate Democratic leadership, which he revealed is in talks with the House Republican leadership about how to move forward with Ex-Im reauthorization.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) rejected the notion that U.S. officials are "dragging their feet" in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and indicated he was pleased by the amount of "technical analysis" the U.S. had put into the talks so far.
- All GOP Ways & Means Members Say They Will Reject TPP Deal, Even In Principle, Without TPA
- Nunes, Rangel Float Letter Saying Congress Cannot Support TPP That Accepts Current Japanese Tariff Demands
- BRICS Countries Sign MOU Aimed At Facilitating Cooperation Between ECAs
- Bipartisan Draft Letter Calls On Obama To Reject Procurement Commitments In TPP
- Senate Dems Ask Obama To Consider Revoking AGOA Benefits For Nigeria, Uganda Over LGBT Rights Violations
- GOP Draft Letter Demands Brunei's Expulsion From TPP Over Religious Freedom Issues
- India Reiterates Plan To Block TFA Over Food Stockholding Despite Contrary Reports
- Industry Groups Urge G20 Trade Ministers To Take Steps Against Local Content Requirements
- Merkley, Baldwin Ask GAO To Examine Impacts Of Procurement Subsidies, Provisions In FTAs
- Bicameral Group Of Dems Tells USTR Alteration Of EU Fuel Quality Directive Would Undermine Climate Action Plan
- Treasury Imposes Sectoral Sanctions On Russian Banking, Energy Industries
- Punke Indicates India's TFA Objections Not Resolved At WTO General Council Meeting
- At General Council, Azevedo Ties Post-Bali, Doha Talks To Fulfilling UN Development Goals
- At DSB, U.S. Warns GPX Appellate Body Ruling Could Encourage Circumvention Of Domestic Courts
- 25 WTO Members Say Tweaks To Any Bali Provision Could Unravel Entire Package
- House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Ex-Im Official Gutierrez To Testify At July 29 Hearing
- Brown Asks USTR To Evaluate If Canadian Subsidy For Cement Plant Violates WTO Rules
- Schumer Presses Commerce To Use Adverse Data Ahead Of Final AD Determination For Russian Ferrosilicon
- New EU Parliament Trade Committee Chair Says Focus Should Turn From Bilaterals To Strengthening WTO
- Donohue Presses Korea To Move More Quickly On KORUS Implementation
- Italian Presidency Lists Encouraging Progress On TTIP, Finalizing CETA Among Trade Priorities
- Groups Urge Froman To Oppose Including Energy Chapter Or Allowing Automatic Crude, LNG Exports In TTIP
- Agriculture NGO Leaks Purported Draft EU Proposal On SPS Issues In TTIP
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