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  TTIP - From Wavering to Standing Tall
By FEPS Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Ania Skrzypek
Following the debates organized on 14th October, in Washington D.C. by FEPS together with its partners (SOLIDAR, Policy Network, Foundation Jean Jaurès and Renner Institut) A. Skrzypek listed 10 steps forward. 
Read the 10 points
Dan Mullaney, Chief US Negotiator for the TTIP, and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU Negotiator for the TTIP, started the 6th round of talks in Brussels @EU Commission

Among the speakers at FEPS debates: David Martin, Spokesperson S&D Group on International Trade; Agnes Jingerius, Vice-Chair EP Employment Committee; Lori Wallach, Director Public Citizen Global Trade Watch;  Robert Kuttner, Co-founder ad Co-Editor The American Prospect; Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Former President of PES; Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden in the US; Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women...

Read the speech of Massimo D'Alema
Photos of the event
Read the contributions to the seminar:
•          Departing from TTIP and going plurilateral. Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga College of Europe Foundation. October 2014
•          Dubito ergo cogito, Cogito ergo sum: Can the creation of quality employment for all become the main focus of TTIP? Dr. Ania Skrzypek,  FEPS Senior Research Fellow . October 2014
•          TTIP and the European values. Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists and Member of the European Parliament. October 2014
•          Four political challenges for the transatlantic trade negotiation TTIP Towards contested multilateralism or a multi-layered multilateralism. Mario Telo, Emeritus President Institute of European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles and J.Monnet Professor of EU institutions at ULB, Brussels and LUISS Rome. October 2014
 Small Gains and Real Costs
By Kevin P. Gallagher, Global Economic Governance Initiative, Boston University

According to organizations such as Business Europe, TTIP can add 0.5 % to GDP growth annually in the EU (or €120billion) and create 1.3 million additional EU jobs over 10 years. K. Gallagher that is not so optimistic as he believe such figures are based on floods economic models. 

See the PPT presentation
TTIP according to...
Pascal Lamy

"Transatlantic trade negotiations should own up to their ambition"
How can we put TTIP back on track? asked P. Lamy. We need to embrace transparency, he said. We must explain, frankly and openly, that 80 % of these negotiations deal with a realm of regulatory convergence. We must recognise also that, while we might reap some early harvests, this is a long-haul project.

Pascal Lamy is Vice President of FEPS and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation and European Commissioner for Trade
Damon A. Silvers

"Will TTIP be a force for raising living standards or for forcing down wages and weakening democratic rights?"
The TTIP could be about integrating the two societies based on a model of raising social standards said D. Silvers.  But if one looks at the issues that have been tabled so far, it seems clear that the governments of the U.S. and the E.U. are not the teams but they are the field of play.

Damon Silvers is Director of Policy and Special Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Giovanni Cozzi

"TTIP: another free-trade charade?"
G. Cozzi calls into question the old rhetoric that free trade is a win-win proposition regarding the TTIP. He also remarks that Europe needs to adopt urgently a strong and expansionary fiscal and investment plan, and only after this it will make sense to discuss the role that trade could play in boosting growth and employment in the EU.

Giovanni Cozzi is FEPS Economic Advisor
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