Wednesday | 02 Dec 2020
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Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers? Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is an effort by the United States and the European Union to reposition themselves for a world of diffuse economic power and intensified global competition. It is a next-generation economic negotiation that breaks the mould of traditional trade agreements. At the heart of the ongoing talks is the question whether and in which areas the two major democratic actors in the global economy can address costly frictions generated by their deep commercial integration by aligning rules and other instruments. The aim is to reduce duplication in various ways in areas where levels of regulatory protection are equivalent as well as to foster wide-ranging regulatory cooperation and set a benchmark for high-quality global norms.

In this volume, European and American experts explain the economic context of TTIP and its geopolitical implications, and then explore the challenges and consequences of US-EU negotiations across numerous sensitive areas, ranging from food safety and public procurement to economic and regulatory assessments of technical barriers to trade, automotive, chemicals, energy, services, investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms and regulatory cooperation. Their insights cut through the confusion and tremendous public controversies now swirling around TTIP, and help decision-makers understand how the United States and the European Union can remain rule-makers rather than rule-takers in a globalising world in which their relative influence is waning.

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

+32 (0)2 229 39 17

Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

+32 (0)2 229 39 25

Christian Egenhofer

Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Energy and Climate programme

Jacques Pelkmans

Associate Senior Research Fellow

+32 (0)2 229 39 56
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Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers? Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Better Regulation and Industrial Competitiveness

When
Wednesday
Where
CEPS Conference Room
1, Place du Congrès - 1000 Brussels

Free participation in our meetings is a benefit of CEPS membership. Representatives of the European institutions and members of the press benefit from free entrance too. Non-members may be admitted for €50, paid in cash at registration.

Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers?

Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership