Tag: transatlantic trade

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France, the EU’s second largest economy, has threatened to veto any trade agreement with the United States which does not honour the so-called ‘cultural exception’. The cultural exception is a concept which was originally introduced by France in 1993 during negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). It  seeks to protect culture […]

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Europe tomorrow, June 11th, for an eight-day trip to France, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Canada and the EU have been negotiating a free trade deal since 2009, but talks have intensified considerably ahead of Mr Harpers trip. Trade negotiators from Canada have been in Brussels for over […]

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership and US Agricultural Policy

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership and US Agricultural Policy

The proposed trade agreement being discussed this week by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron is of staggering proportions and covers virtually every industrial sector. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is estimated to be worth $97 billion for the U.S. while the European Commission claims that it will raise the EU’s […]