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Transatlantic Partnership: “Europe is open for business1”, yes but to what extent?

November 2nd, 2015


Following his statement on the ViEUws web-TV channel, which was deemed scornful towards European farmers, Mr. Hogan is again getting noticed with his remarks during the 11th round of TTIP talks.

“We do not have any major red lines, but we need to address some issues regarding geographical indications for five member states if we want their support,” said Hogan when speaking on the agricultural issue of the Transatlantic Partnership.

If we had to interpret Mr. Hogan, he would be ready to turn agriculture into an adjustment variable to reach some progress on the TTIP negotiations, which he hopes to be settled before the end of 2016, that is to say before the American presidential elections. Yet, while he admits that the conclusion of the agreement will not be achieved at any price, the mere fact of stating that there are no major hurdles on the agricultural issue is enough to wave the red flag.

How can one make such claims when Washington is far from accepting the same compromises as Brussels does, especially concerning the market access to European beef, or additional tariffs on European butter and cream exports?

While we must refrain from an anti-TTIP “fundamentalist approach”––to use the expression used by MEP Paolo de Castro––on which impact study can we rely to support the existence of substantial gains for European agriculture and consumers from a transatlantic partnership?

Are we really prepared to sacrifice the future of European food self-sufficiency in the name of the transatlantic partnership, even though they would help the United States and Europe to stand up to Brazil or China?

Without abandoning the TTIP project, it is urgent to implement a multilateral and transparent framework for the partnership, and outline a European strategic course capable of providing the European Union with the credibility, the framework and the cohesion that will be required to negotiate with the United States.

Because in this frantic race, the European Union eventually runs the risk to sink not only its social and environmental blueprint but also its agricultural model that is already weakened by the extreme volatility and a common agricultural policy disconnected from European and global agricultural issues.


1 Phil Hogan’s statement while visiting the US in March 2015.

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