Baltic and Polish parliaments support continuing TTIP negotiations
The chairmen of the Baltic and Polish parliaments’ European Union affairs committees agreed on a joint statement at a meeting in Tallinn on Friday, declaring that they supported the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States.
According to the chairman of the Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee, Kalle Palling (Reform), Estonia supports the signing of TTIP, spokespeople for the Estonian parliament said. Palling also voiced his opinion that EU leaders should not simply abandon the talks.
“We invite all parties to work together constructively to find a final solution that is acceptable to all,” Palling said. He added that Estonia supported the transparency of the talks, as the interest of the public in the agreement was considerable.
According to Palling, entering into the free trade agreement would mean an increase in international competitiveness and economic growth. It would help raise the EU employment rate, and in the long run consumers would gain from it.
EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström said after the meeting that there was no reason to put the TTIP negotiations on hold, as France had demanded earlier. Additional rounds of talks are planned for the remainder of the year.
French minister for foreign trade, Matthias Fekl, had announced at the end of August that his government demanded to end the negotiations towards signing the agreement. German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel previously said that the free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States had failed, but that nobody was ready to admit it.