The European Union and the United States are intensely negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a comprehensive free trade agreement planned to go beyond the traditional elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to include regulatory co-operation and investment protection. Nine negotiating rounds have already taken place and both sides want to conclude the agreement by the end of this year.
In Europe, however, opposition to TTIP has been steadily growing with concerns such as GMOs and the undermining of democracy via – for example – special parallel justice systems (ISDS) for investors. A planned vote scheduled for June in the European Parliament on a TTIP position had been abruptly cancelled due to the controversies surrounding this planned free trade agreement.
What we don’t hear so often, however, is that on the other side of the Atlantic, US citizens, trade unions, NGOs and other organizations are also concerned about the potential implications of TTIP. With this event, we want to exchange views, learn and give US stakeholders an opportunity to voice their views about TTIP.
We would be happy to welcome you to what promises to be an interesting discussion.
- TIME: July 2, 2015 (opens for coffee: 10:00 / discussion starts: 10:30 – 12:30 )
- VENUE: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft, Oranienburger Straße 13-14, 10178 Berlin
- 10:00 Registration and Coffee
- 10:30 Discussion “TTIP: a bad deal for both sides?”
- 12:30 End
- Thea Lee – is the chief economist of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) – a national trade union center and the largest federation of unions in the United States
- Sharon Treat – is a former democrat member of congress from Maine and an expert on the effects of trade policy on food standards
- Melinda St. Louis – is Director of International Campaigning at the NGO Public Citizen – a non-profit, consumer rights advocacy group and think tank based in Washington, D.C., United States
- Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner – is Head of Department External Economic Policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
- Ska Keller – is a green member of the European Parliament , spokesperson on trade, and a vice-president of Greens/EFA group
- Reinhard Bütikofer – is a green member of the European Parliament, a member of the EU-US Delegation and co-chair of the European Green Party
- Live Translation German -English / English – German
- The event might be recorded, pictures & audio taken – participants do acknowledge this by registering