Recently, the Trans-Atlantic Policy Network held its annual Trans-Atlantic Week. With several events across Washington, D.C. devoted to developing ideas on how to drive economic growth in the EU and U.S.
At AT&T, we understand the importance the trans-Atlantic relationship. We’re obviously a U.S.-based company, but our customers do business in virtually every country and territory, including in Europe. Trans-Atlantic Week provides an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from both regions.
We support Trans-Atlantic week and the trans-Atlantic partnership because we believe that, together, we can do better than we can alone. Decisions and policies fostered between the EU and U.S. often emerge from a well-informed, vibrant political process that takes into account many institutions and many voices leading to durable decisions that impact regions across the globe.
During the week, AT&T hosted the European Liberal Forum’s Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable on “TTIP – What’s the Buzz in Europe?” at the AT&T Innovation Center.
The panelists included:
- Marietje Schaake MEP, TTIP Spokesperson (ALDE), Member – Committee on International Trade, European Parliament
- Christofer Fjellner MEP, Vice-Coordinator – Committee on International Trade, European Parliament
- Christian Burgsmüller, Member of Cabinet of EU Trade Commissioner Malmström
- Sorin Moisă MEP, Committee on International Trade, European Parliament
The Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) provides an opportunity to build on our relationship. And, nowhere does removing trade barriers make more sense than in the digital economy. On both sides of the Atlantic – and across the globe, our productivity, competitiveness, and well-being will increasingly depend on connectivity. The U.S. and EU are natural trade partners and through TTIP we can work together on eliminating barriers and promoting a healthy policy climate.
The good news for the technology sector is that we already have a roadmap in place, which is a benchmark for TTIP and other activity. In 2011, the U.S. and EU developed a set of 10 non-binding trade-related principles for ICT services that provides guideposts for digital economy issues. These have been negotiated and agreed as key concerns and we can focus on implementation of these, where there are gaps in discussions.
It was another successful – and busy – Trans-Atlantic Week. I congratulate the Trans-Atlantic Policy Network on their great work and look forward to next year.