What Does TTIP Mean for Food and Environment?

A main goal of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the reduction of non-tariff barriers to trade. Among these barriers are differing food safety and environmental standards. Critics argue that harmonizing regulations would lead to the degradation of these standards, while proponents see a chance to set global standards and eliminate unnecessary divergence. View

TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. With the seventh round of negotiations starting today, Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

TTIP and the Economy, are the Projected Gains Realistic?

TTIP has been touted by proponents as a way to boost dragging economies in the transatlantic area. Some projections even say that there will be positive spillover effects for countries globally. Detractors, however, claim that projections are being exaggerated, are based on faulty assumptions, and that the potential drawbacks are being overlooked. View

What is Security Worth to us Today?

The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to discuss Germany's defense budget and security alliances. Panelists debated Germany's responsibilities in regional and global security along with Germany's defense attitude regarding the situation in Libya and whether development assistance is a better use of Germany's funds than increased defense spending. View

Op-eds from the German Delegation to the Y20 Summit

This week, we will publish four op-eds written by members of the German Delegation to the Y20 summit, the official G20 youth event. The summit is organized by a collective of twenty national youth organizations, and focused on three key themes: growth and jobs creation, global citizenship and sustainable development. View

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ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

Data privacy has become an increasingly important concern in the EU, and the defeat of ACTA showed what can happen to international agreements that arouse public suspicion. Decision makers have shown that they are aware of public concern by being more forthcoming with information and promising not to compromise data privacy in TTIP. But negotiations also present a chance to improve upon some current privacy regulation as well as potentially providing economic benefits. View
 

Current Promises are not Enough to Calm Concerns

There is widespread concern that TTIP will harm European food safety and environmental regulations. Unfortunately, the debate suffers from a lack of specific information and critics have not been swayed by official assurances. Therefore, negotiators should prioritize chapters relevant to this debate and release specific information as soon as possible. In addition to information about cooperation on current regulations, there is also a need for clarification on how cooperation will look moving forward. View
 

Twitter Highlights for the Third TTIP Theme Week

Experts from the Center for Food Safety, Notre Europe, German Council of Foreign Relations, and other institutions have joined us to discuss and offer their views about the impact that TTIP's goal of regulatory cooperation could have on food safety and the environment. Here we've collected some of our favorite and most shared tweets from over the course of the week. The discussion doesn't just happen on Twitter though, join us and the experts in the comments! View
 

Unbiased Safety Through Procedural Safeguards in TTIP

Regulatory divergences between the US and EU present costly non-tariff barriers to trade, and meaningful change to the status quo requires long-term commitment to making structural changes. There are many currently existing legal instruments that can serve as models in order preserve a predictable and evidence-based regulatory science process that is both safe and transparent. View
 

Trade Agreements Should Allow Countries to Set High Standards

Modern-day trade agreements, such as TTIP, have little to do with the historical role of trade agreements that dealt almost exclusively with quotas and tariffs. Instead, today's trade pacts focus on "non-tariff" trade issues, or trade "barriers". However, what multinational corporations and most trade officials refer to as non-tariff barriers are actually domestic, democratically constructed social, health, environmental, and food safety standards intended to safeguard citizens. View
 

Is the European Union More Precautionary than the US?

Perceived differences in regulatory principles in the EU and US have led many to be concerned that TTIP will damage the EUs ability to regulate in a way that relies fundamentally on caution. However, research on regulation has provided evidence that the idea of the EU as being more cautious is largely the result of stereotypes. When examined in the aggregate, regulations in the EU and US both apply precaution with similar frequency, but in different areas. View
 

TTIP and CETA Jeopardize EU Agriculture and Environmental, Animal Welfare and Consumer Protection Standards

According to official communications from both sides, TTIP focuses on the harmonization of standards and mutual acceptance of control systems. EU officials state that sensitive issues such as growth hormones or GMO admissions will not be watered down. Nobody, however, can explain how this can be guaranteed in practice. View
 

Why Regulatory Harmonization Will not Equal Regulatory Erosion

While free trade can serve as a stimulus to our struggling economies that does not involve fiscal sacrifices, many critics of TTIP point to a feature of the proposed agreement that they believe is a price too steep to pay: regulatory harmonization. However, public assurances, official negotiating positions, as well as past and present practice seem to contradict most of the concerns associated with harmonizing sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regulations. View
 

Theme Week: What Does TTIP Mean for Food and Environment?

A main goal of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the reduction of non-tariff barriers to trade. Among these barriers are differing food safety and environmental standards. Critics argue that harmonizing regulations would inevitably lead to the degradation of these standards, while proponents see TTIP as a chance to set global standards and eliminate unnecessary divergence. View
 

The Cost of Ignoring the Plight of Minorities in the Greater Middle East

While the concerted military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) dominates headlines, the international community faces a far greater policy challenge: if it continues to ignore the plight of minorities across the wider Middle East, it will provide ample breeding ground for other radical groups. If state cohesion is eroded through continuous marginalization, political instability, or the disintegration of the state entirely, can be hijacked by extremist groups for their own aims. View
 
         

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