Global Business (April 2013)

Tilting the future in America’s favor

Standing before both houses of Congress, President Obama announced he would launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement with the European Union in his State of the Union address in February. 

EU-US partnership: New rules for a new era

The Obama Administration recently notified Congress that it intends to negotiate a “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP) with the European Union and its 27 member states. I support those negotiations because they provide a rare opportunity to strengthen our economy and the rules of the transatlantic – and global – trading system. It will also build upon what is already the largest economic relationship in the world, accounting for about $2.7 billion in goods and services traded each day.

Transatlantic partnership a priority for European Union

When the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and I visited the United States last month for the annual St. Patrick’s Day engagements with President Obama at the White House, with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and members of Congress, and with Secretary of State John Kerry, there was an added dimension to the traditional celebrations.