Bertelsmann Foundation Receives EU Grant for “TTIP Roadshow”

WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2014) – The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has named the Bertelsmann Foundation one of 18 recipients of grants that advance trans-Atlantic cooperation through policy research and debate relevant to EU-US relations. The Foundation received an award for its proposal to conduct a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) “roadshow” that will showcase in selected US cities the potential benefits of a free-trade agreement between the EU and the US.

As part of the TTIP roadshow, the Foundation will travel to five US cities over the next two years. Through presentations, panel discussions and media engagements, the Foundation will bring together local business leaders, elected officials and interest groups to discuss the potential impact a TTIP may have on their regions and to provide a forum for debate about the agreement. The roadshow is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2014 in Dallas.

The Foundation, working with the Atlantic Council and the British embassy in Washington, DC, has already issued a report, “TTIP and the Fifty States”, which describes the benefits for each US state of a far-reaching TTIP agreement. The study concludes that each state would gain in terms of employment and exports to the EU if such a TTIP were implemented.

The Bertelsmann Foundation is grateful to the Delegation for its support.