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Can successes of EU/Canada trade deal be matched by EU/US proposal

23 January 2014

The House of Lords Committee investigating the trade deal between the EU and the US will this week hear about the potential for multi-billion pound gains the deal could generate.

Witnesses

Thursday 23 January 2014, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am via video-conference

  • Mauro Petriccione, Director, Asia and Latin America, DG Trade, European Commission.

At 11.05am

  • Professor Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Possible questions

The Committee will ask Mauro Petriccione questions about his experience with the EU/Canada deal, which has notched up some significant successes already. Other questions to him will include:

  • How comparable are the EU/Canada and EU/US deals?
  • The EU/Canada deal is seeing major progress in the areas of agriculture and protected geographical indicators – can TTIP follow suit?
  • Workers’ rights were at the heart of the Canadian agreement – what can be done in this area in TTIP?

The Committee will then ask Professor Richard Baldwin questions including:

  • Why is this latest attempt at an EU/US trade deal going to be more successful than others before it?
  • How much could the UK benefit and are the figures reliable?
  • What might the impact be on other countries, particularly developing countries?
  • What can we learn from other trade agreements when it comes to lower prices and greater choice for UK consumers?

Further information

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