November 15, 2013
United States Trade Representative Michael Froman issued the following statement at the conclusion of the second round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations:
“U.S. and EU teams just wrapped up a very successful and productive set of meetings in Brussels this week during the second T-TIP negotiating round. The first round of negotiations in July provided the opportunity to explore key issues that we expect to address in a comprehensive negotiation, and to identify areas of convergence and divergence. This second round has enabled us to probe more deeply into our respective approaches to specific trade and investment issues, and discuss areas of potential convergence in greater detail, including with respect to services, investment, and regulatory issues. I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made to date and look forward to continuing these discussions as we seek to enhance U.S.-EU trade and investment and grow our economies through T-TIP.”
Negotiators will continue to meet over the next several weeks in order to make additional progress before the third round, which is scheduled for December 16-20 in Washington, D.C.