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Free Trade and Regulatory Convergence Across the Atlantic

October 2, 2013 • Webinar

In July 2013, the United States and European Union (EU) began negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with a second round of negotiations scheduled for the week of October 7.  The TTIP would be the most significant bilateral economic agreement in history and would bring concrete commercial benefits to thousands of companies doing business across the Atlantic.  The TTIP negotiations will be unfolding over the next 2-3 years and will aim to reduce import tariffs, increase market access for service providers, and protect investment and intellectual property in the world’s two largest economies.  Above all, the TTIP holds the promise of tackling costly and administratively burdensome differences in the way U.S. and EU authorities regulate specific products, including in the following sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer products
  • Food and agricultural products
  • Information and communications technology
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT, please join Crowell & Moring and its affiliated international consulting firm, C&M International, for a webinar that provides an overview of the TTIP negotiations and explains what it means for internationally engaged companies.  Our speakers, all of whom recently served in senior positions in the U.S. government on trade and regulatory affairs, will provide an insider’s view of both the process of an international trade negotiation and the substance of the complex trade and regulatory issues that this negotiation will address.  Specific questions to be addressed include:

  • How do trade negotiations actually work, what will happen during the upcoming initial phases, and when and how should companies be communicating their advice to government negotiators?
  • What specific topics will the negotiators address, which issues will be the most challenging, and why?
  • What are the possible approaches for achieving greater regulatory convergence and harmonization in the TTIP?
  • Beyond the obvious opportunities for cost savings, what risk factors might the TTIP present, and how can those risks be mitigated?

Crowell & Moring Participant(s):
John Fuson
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2910