On June 17, President Obama, together with European Council President Van Rompuy, European Commission President Barroso, and Prime Minister Cameron, announced that the United States and the European Union (EU) had launched negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The Leaders held the first round of TTIP negotiations the week of July 8 in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of the United States Trade Representative.
The United States and European Union will hold the second round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations with meetings and digital video-conferences over the next several weeks.
November 11-15, 2013
December 16-20, 2013
The negotiations covers services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues.
On Friday, November 15, at 11:30 am ET, U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney and EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero will hold an on-the-record press conference to brief media on the talks. The press conference will be broadcast in Europe by satellite (EbS) for broadcasters and can be followed live via a web stream.
The European Commission will hold a briefing session for stakeholders during the second round of the negotiations on Friday, November 15. Non-governmental organizations, consumer groups, trade unions, professional organizations, business and other civil society organizations will have the opportunity to exchange views with U.S. and EU chief negotiators
Statements and Press Releases
“I’m going to go anywhere I can in the world to create new markets for American goods. And we’re also not going to stand by when our competitors aren’t following the rules. We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate of the previous administration. We’ve set up a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trade practices that are taking place anyplace — anywhere in the world. Anytime other countries skirt the rules or put our workers and our businesses in an unfair position, we’re going to take action.
We’re also making sure that American businesses have better access to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers who live beyond our shores. And that’s why the bipartisan bill that I’m about to sign is so important. By reauthorizing support for the Export-Import Bank, we’re helping thousands of businesses sell more of their products and services overseas and, in the process, we’re helping them create jobs here at home. And we’re doing that at no extra cost to the taxpayer. “
Entrepreneur Pathways is an online resource center that gives immigrant entrepreneurs an intuitive way to navigate opportunities to start and grow a business in the United States. This new resource was announced during a visit to MIT’s entrepreneurship center by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Federal agency responsible for administering visa programs.
Immigrant entrepreneurs have always made extraordinary contributions to our Nation’s economic growth and competitiveness, creating jobs and new businesses all across the country. Immigrants started 25 percent of the highest-growth companies in America, including iconic success stories like Intel, Google, Yahoo, and eBay, which together employ an estimated 220,000 people within the United States.
President Obama is committed to attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next great companies here in the United States, and Entrepreneur Pathways is an important and concrete next step to facilitating that. For example, imagine that an entrepreneur from another country participates in a startup mentorship program in the United States, raises a first round of funding from investors, and wants to stay here to grow the company and hire more people. Entrepreneur Pathways explains, in plain English, which existing visa categories might be available to that entrepreneur under current law, and what evidence would be necessary to demonstrate eligibility.
- Start a Business
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- Begin Exporting
- Expanding Exporting
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