Ambitious Trade Plans Praised

EU and US negotiators are meeting to discuss the sixth Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Negotiators from both sides are debating an ambitious agenda that should remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors, and also tackle non-customs related trade barriers, such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. The TTIP negotiations look at opening markets for services, investment, and public procurement. Shipowners have welcomed the talks and hopes for an ambitious agreement in which maritime transport and its specificities will be duly taken into account.