Request to Testify - U.S. PIRG

This is a Comment on the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) Notice: Meetings: Proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement

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This is a request to testify at the 29-30 May hearing. Please consider the attached document as both a comment on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement and a summary of my testimony as requested.

Summary: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group serves as the Federation of state PIRGs, which are non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy organizations which take on powerful interests on behalf of their members. As a founding member of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a forum of consumer organizations that develops joint consumer policy recommendations to the United States and the European Union (EU) to promote consumer interests, we are supportive of EU and US cooperation to deliver a fairer, safer and more vibrant marketplace for consumers through the EU and United States trade and investment agreement.

In the recently announced United States and the European Union plans to begin negotiations of this trade and investment agreement both parties stated that because trade tariffs in the United States and European Union are already low that the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will focus on "regulatory issues and non-tariff trade barriers.”

We are concerned that a trade partnership built around what has been called regulatory convergence will not serve consumer rights and interests. We further believe that the advancement of consumer interests and well-being must be the primary measurement of whether such a trade pact should be adopted or not.

Any agreement will only be acceptable to US PIRG if it requires high standards of consumer and financial protections while affording both trading partners the autonomy to adopt stronger non-discriminatory protections. This means that a free trade deal must not limit the US and the EU and its member countries from maintaining or adopting and enforcing standards that provide higher levels of consumer protection than those required by the agreement and such prote




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Comment Period Closed
May 10 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: USTR-2013-0019-0312
Tracking Number: 1jx-8599-37o9

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Date Posted: May 14, 2013
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Submitter Information

Submitter Name: Edmund Mierzwinski
City: Washington
Country: United States
State or Province: DC
Organization Name: U.S. PIRG