In the current stage of European economic, social and political integration, very few subjects are capable of crossing the national borders and prompt a genuine pan-European public debate. Since the last EU parliamentary elections, the on-going negotiation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) one of those happy exceptions. Given its ambition, novelty and potential disruptive nature on future global economic governance, this result is not a cause of surprise. Despite the mounting attention and degree of contestation elicited by this international agreement, the public debate surrounding its negotiations appears largely polarized.
Supporters of TTIP – such as industry groups and some EU Member States – praise the economic benefits it could bring about to companies – notably SMEs – employers and consumers. Critics instead – essentially civil society organisations, trade unions but also some Member States – highlight the high social costs that might ensue from TTIP’s alleged lowering of regulatory standards. Unfortunately neither vision seems to do justice to the nature, ambition and realities of such an agreement. In turn, the media and the political class unwisely contribute to misinform and amplify concerns by focusing on some selected aspects – such as the transparency of the negotiations or the inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Mechanism (ISDM) – that paradoxically might not be the most problematic of the agreement. To debunk some myths and possibly contribute to a more informed debate, a few fundamentals must therefore be asserted.
FEPS President at Euronews talk-show ‘Brussels, my love?’
by Euronews 15/01/2024
Panellists discussed topics including EU fiscal rules reform, German farmer's protests, and the decision of Charles Michel to quit his job early to run for MEP.
“Trade doesn’t work in isolation from good domestic policies” Interview to Arancha González
by Borderlex 19/09/2023
Interview to Arancha González, former Spanish foreign minister, who released together with FEPS the new book entitled 'The Trade Handbook: Making Trade Work for Prosperity, People and Planet'
A szociális unió imperatívusza
by Új Egyenlőség 09/09/2023
'The imperative of Social Union'. Article about FEPS book 'Europe’s Social Integration: Welfare Models and Economic Transformations' by László Andor.
Após 66 anos de adiamentos, a barragem do Pisão entrou em contra-relógio
by Pùblico 19/08/2023
'After 66 years of postponements, the Pisão dam has entered a race against time' Pùblico's article mentions FEPS Policy Study 'Governing the RRF'
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