27 Jan 2016
WTI study: TTIP to bring benefits to EU
TTIP could improve the trading environment for businesses of all sizes, establish robust provisions in areas such as labour and the environment, and deliver many benefits for consumers
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is expected to deliver a range of economic and social benefits for EU citizens and businesses, a study by the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern has found.
WTI Managing Director Joseph Francois and Director of Outreach Koen Berden presented the study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmChamEU), in Brussels on 27 January.
The report found the negotiations offer a unique opportunity for the EU and the United States to forge joint solutions to fundamental challenges to the rules governing the world economy.
Reducing barriers to transatlantic trade and aligning EU-US regulatory practices could result in a permanent boost to Member State incomes as well as significant export growth and a range of consumer benefits. The agreement is expected to be especially helpful for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU, making it easier for them to export to the US and helping them to compete in the transatlantic market.
Entitled "TTIP and the EU Member States", the study also argues that TTIP could promote a ‘race to the top’ on labour, environmental, and health and safety standards on both sides of the Atlantic.
“Our findings show that TTIP could improve the trading environment for businesses of all sizes, establish robust provisions in areas such as labour and the environment, and deliver many benefits for consumers,” stated Professor Francois, the report’s lead author.
“The challenge is for Member States and the EU to pursue the necessary actions to take advantage of the opportunities offered.”
Susan Danger, Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU), added: “The aim of this study is to provide a positive contribution to the ongoing debate on TTIP in Europe, helping EU policymakers to construct an ambitious and balanced agreement that meets the needs of EU citizens and businesses.”
AmCham EU speaks for American companies committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. It aims to ensure a growth-orientated business and investment climate in Europe.
The full report is attached as a pdf document.