The European Commission stated on 30 May, that its President Jean-Claude Juncker will talk about TTIP with EU leaders at the June European Council and will ask for political re-affirmation of their support for the negotiations. This follows a series of anti-TTIP statements by French and German politicians. Also, the talks are in a difficult phase and the EC could use some political momentum – both sides indicate willingness to conclude the talks (at least in principle) by the end of Obama Presidency. However, insider information indicates that sectors such as agriculture are extremely contentious. Both sides blame the other for lack of progress. It was reported that both the US Embassy to the EU and the European Commission sent emails to national permanent representations blaming the other. The US accuse Europe of protectionism, while the EC condemns the American unwillingness to move. Geographical indications are among the most hotly debated issues.
2nd May 2018