Transatlantic Science Forum: First Meeting in Washington
Following President Obama’s announcement during the State of the Union address to launch talks on the comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, ISC will host a reception in Washington, D.C. to discuss the science implications of the free trade agreement. The event will explore the way forward and the new potential of transatlantic science collaboration, which is possible through the liberalization of trade, and will be the first meeting of the Transatlantic Science Forum, an organization established to enhance transatlantic collaboration in the areas of science, technology, research and innovation.
Due to the far-reaching implications of this partnership and how “trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs”, stated by Obama in his address, we would like to explore the opportunities in the science and technology sectors and the joint role of U.S. and European policymakers in the new trade framework by bringing them together with prominent science and technology leadership from both sides of the Atlantic.
Transatlantic Science Forum
The Transatlantic Science Forum (TSF) is a group dedicated to discussing how the Final Report of the United States-European Union High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, commonly known as the proposed US-EU Free Trade agreement can lead to further transatlantic science collaboration between:
• Scientists and Representatives of Research & Academia
• Members of the European Parliament
• Parliamentarians of national Parliaments of EU Member States
• Members of Congress
• Representatives of Industry
• Representatives of Stakeholder Organisations
This holistic approach is intended to build on the participation between research and science programs and to enhance the transatlantic collaboration in science, technology, research and innovation. The TSF will meet quarterly for eighteen months, alternating locations between Washington, D.C. and Brussels. This meeting in Washington, D.C. will launch the forum and the first follow up meeting will be in the fall of 2013 in Brussels. The forum will produce a report enumerating the TSF’s recommendations which will feed into the eighteen month formal negotiation process.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
While the U.S. and EU already have substantially open economies, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is designed to further diminish these barriers leading to further economic integration. Because the economic relationship between these two regions is already very successful, this agreement is intended to strengthen the relationship to foster more jobs, growth and competitiveness in both economies. By opening up the market, the two economies would generate new business as well as expand trade and investment opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.
The agreement is designed to achieve three outcomes in the broad areas of: market access; regulatory issues and non-tariff barriers; and rules, principles and new modes of cooperation to address shared global trade challenges and opportunities. In addition to the straightforward first enumerated area of market access liberalization, the agreement enumerates seeking greater coherence and transparency on regulatory issues such as in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), and leaves the regulatory environment open for other possible areas for cooperation. The last point regarding rules addressing shared global trade challenges and opportunities, the partnership aims at developing rules in other areas that strengthen multilateral trade such as, first and foremost, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and environment and labor as well as other areas such as customs, competition, state-owned enterprises, and localization barriers to trade.
Sean Kelly, MEP giving introductory remarks to the TSF meeting
Date: 20 September 2013
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Holiday Inn Arlington
4610 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22203