U.S. Moving Ahead with European, Asian Trade Talks
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the next rounds of talks on free trade agreements with the European Union and 11 partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
The second round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations will include meetings and digital videoconferences throughout November as well as negotiators meeting in Brussels Nov. 11-15 to discuss services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues. These negotiating sessions replace those originally scheduled for Oct. 7-11, which were postponed due to the shutdown of the U.S. government. A negotiating session on government procurement took place in October just prior to the shutdown. The third round of TTIP negotiations will be held Dec. 16-20 in Washington, D.C.
With respect to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiations on the following issues have been held or scheduled for the coming weeks.
- rules of origin: Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Mexico City
- government procurement: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Washington, D.C.
- state-owned enterprises: Nov. 4-7, Santiago, Chile
- investment: Nov. 6-9, Washington, D.C.
- rules of origin: Nov. 12-8, Salt Lake City, Utah
- chief negotiators and key experts: Nov. 19-24, Salt Lake City