The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – A Challenge for the European Union?

Romanian Journal of European Affairs, ISSN 1841:4273, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2015

See all articles by Antonia Colibasanu

Antonia Colibasanu

Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies

Victor Grigorescu

Independent

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Date Written: December 30, 2014

Abstract

Since the early 2000s, the United States and European Union have discussed the development of bilateral and regional trade agreements. The TTIP - Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was announced in February 2013 and is currently under negotiation. The initiative aims at establishing a trade agreement between the two blocs, removing all trade barriers, including the non-tariff ones, in a wide range of economic sectors. The paper looks at several key elements that the bilateral negotiations are set to challenge from the European Union perspective. We focus on the main causes for resistance within the EU towards establishing the agreement, seeking to understand the future framework for international trade for the European states. While the EU continues integration to establish a functioning internal market, still continuing the process of diminishing and eliminating non-tariff barriers among the member states, we examine whether liberalization of trade and investment between the US and the EU will benefit the EU as a whole, considering the current socio-economic trends at the Union’s level.

Keywords: TTIP, tariff and non-tariff barriers, international negotiation mandate, international trade, FTA, EU, US, regulatory convergence, regulatory coherence, mutual recognition, equivalence, regulatory compatibility

JEL Classification: E66, F13, F15, H77, K23

Suggested Citation

Colibasanu, Antonia and Grigorescu, Victor, The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – A Challenge for the European Union? (December 30, 2014). Romanian Journal of European Affairs, ISSN 1841:4273, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2558431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2558431

Antonia Colibasanu (Contact Author)

Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies ( email )

6, Romana Square, District 1
Bucharest, 010374
Romania

Victor Grigorescu

Independent ( email )

Bucharest, 010145
Romania

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