The US and the EU commented on reports of differences on the issue of creation of a Transatlantic free trade area (TTIP), which previously reported the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
As stated by the European Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmstrom, whose message posted on the website of the EC, the US demands EU to reflect the negotiating position of Washington, but are not the final terms of the contract.
She explained that the police in the USA and the EU in this matter differ. “There are areas in the negotiations in TTIP, we have come a long way, but there are others in which we are unable to reach agreement,” said malmström, noting that it is normal that each side seeks to achieve their own goals.
She added that after each round of negotiations, the European Commission publishes its official report on them, and therefore the position of the EC are well known. “Any trade agreement involving the EU can only strengthen quality control [product]. We can agree with partner that the rules on the safety of medicines will be tougher than before, for example, but not weaker. No bargain will not limit us in the ability to adopt new rules to protect our citizens or the environment in the future,” concluded the Commissioner.
In turn, the U.S. representative stated in an interview with Reuters that the interpretation of the talks that appeared in the media, is at best misleading zabelezena and at worst simply wrong.
Earlier, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing its own sources, and documents referred to them by Greenpeace, reported that the United States government has a more intense pressure on the European Union, than was considered earlier in the course of the ongoing negotiations on TTIP. The publication said that Washington, in particular, threatens to ban the export of European cars. While the United States wants to significantly increase supplies of agricultural products to the European market, says the publication.
As recalled by Bloomberg, the negotiations on free trade zone between the US and the EU have lasted for 2.5 years. The agreement involves the abolition of tariffs for some goods, market expansion services, open procurement and the strengthening of cooperation in the field of regulation. The leaders of the EU countries and the United States have repeatedly said that reaching this agreement is a priority, the Agency added.