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13th TTIP Round Concludes; Senators Urge USTR to Include Strong Ag Framework

The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations was held this week in New York. On Friday, U.S. chief negotiator Daniel Mullaney and European Union chief negotiator Ignacio García Bercero providing progress reports on several aspects of the TTIP talks in a closing press conference. They noted that while negotiating team members continue to be in contact on a regular basis, the next formal round of negotiations will most likely be held in July.

As this round of talks was set to begin, a bipartisan group of 26 U.S. senators submitted a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging that a strong framework for U.S. agriculture be included in TTIP. The letter highlighted ongoing market access issues between the U.S. and EU and noted that failure to eliminate barriers for U.S. agricultural products “could have a negative impact on Congressional support for this deal.” Further details are available from the Senate Agriculture Committee’s website.