While recent years have been dominated by the financial and economic crisis, the liberal European Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht, has consistently pushed an ambitious and dynamic trade agenda. Schaake: "Creating new jobs and growth without having to spend public money is one of the advantages of trade. Together, the EU and the US account for a third of world trade. If we can break down tariff barriers, open our markets further and bring technical and safety standards closer together, we will save both time and money. Entrepreneurs will have new opportunities, of which in the end consumers will also benefit."
The next generation
Schaake thinks it only logical that, in a rapidly changing world, the EU and the US strengthen their partnership. "An ambitious trade and investment deal will make us more competitive. That's also where TTIP is of added value for the next generation of Europeans and Americans. I feel a great responsibility to make sure that this treaty is created by and with the people, not just for shareholders. I will push for transparent negotiations and will facilitate open discussions where stakeholders can meet and discuss", says the MEP.
In the coming months, Schaake will organise several meetings with specific sectors to discuss TTIP. The first meeting will take place in Brussels on the 15th of May to discuss the role of Intellectual Property Rights in the treaty. You can register on Marietje Schaake’s website. She also has a page with frequently asked questions which is regularly updated.