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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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Topic: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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The impact of TTIP on developing countries will depend on the actual design of TTIP, which remains unclear as the negotiations are still going on. Taking into account the interests of developing countries in the negotiation process in line with the principle of policy coherence for development would be a crucial first step to a fair, open and sustainable trading system.

  • To genuinely include developing and emerging countries, a specific provision about possibilities for accession needs to be provided in the TTIP agreement.
  • The EU and the US should send a strong message to their African partners that the TTIP agreement is about coherence and inclusion by mutually recognising requirements covering rules of origin.
  • The EU/US should assist developing and emerging economies in their capacity building efforts to conform to new (higher) regulatory standards.
  • The EU/US must make sure that certain customs duties are removed for third countries and that the World Trade Organization is reformed.