Moving to the Next Level
US Trade Representative Michael Froman and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht met February 17–18 to discuss the progress of TTIP negotiations, a so-called stock-taking exercise. Both agreed on specific issues on which negotiators can move forward in upcoming talks. Points of contention, however, continue to outnumber areas of agreement. The two officials nevertheless pressed negotiators to intensify their efforts as upcoming rounds will be increasingly challenging.