Negotiations on TTIP

The European Commission negotiates with the United States over TTIP. The Commission negotiates on behalf of all 28 member states of the European Union. Currently, the negotiations have come to a halt.

The governments of the EU member states gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate on TTIP in June 2013. The mandate sets out the parameters within which the Commission may negotiate.

The TTIP negotiations started in July 2013. Since then there have been 15 rounds of talks, alternately in Brussels and the US. The most recent negotiation round took place in October 2016.  Currently, negotiations have come to a halt. No new round has been planned.

How the TTIP negotiations are conducted

The European Commission’s TTIP team met the US government’s negotiators on multiple occasions. They exchanged written proposals on TTIP and draft treaty texts in consultation with stakeholders. The European Commission has also organised various open consultations. All EU text proposals are public.

Promoting Dutch interests

TTIP must be a fair agreement. It should generate more jobs, better products and more growth, without compromising our high standards. It must achieve all this without harming developing countries.

It is important to hold a broad and open debate on TTIP. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has consulted individuals and groups with an interest in the agreement. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation regularly discusses TTIP with the Dutch parliament and other stakeholders. She also asks experts for advice on various issues. Examples include investment protection, the impact on employment and the consequences for developing countries.

Last year, the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) published an advice on TTIP requested by the Minister. In this advice, the SER sets out seven criteria for a future agreement between the EU and the US. The Dutch government considers these seven points as guiding principles for any other future agreement.

The Minister defends the Netherlands’ standpoint on TTIP at the trade meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. These meetings take place about four times a year.