U.S. Chamber Applauds Launch of Transatlantic Trade Talks

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed today’s announcement of the formal launch of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“On behalf of our members, the Chamber has long been an advocate for deepening our trade and investment ties with the European Union, given the significant upsides in terms of job creation and economic growth,” said Myron Brilliant, the Chamber’s executive vice president and head of International Affairs.  “Today’s announcement represents a major step forward, and Presidents Obama, Barroso and Von Rompuy are to be congratulated for affirming their political commitment to proceed with these historic negotiations. We look forward to working with both governments to advocate for an agreement that will generate stronger growth and opportunity for the U.S. and EU.”

The Chamber is taking a lead role in business community efforts to support the negotiations, and serves as the secretariat for the broad-based, multi-sectoral Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 116 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.