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US, EU launch third round of free-trade trade talks

The United States and the European Union opened a third round of trade negotiations Monday in Washington aimed at creating a powerful free-trade bloc to boost their economies and jobs. US and EU trade officials returned to the US capital, where the talks began in July, to hammer out the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, an ambitious agreement to expand trade, investment and regulatory cooperation.

Cameron: 'no exceptions' in US-EU free trade talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that all subjects and products should be up for discussion in coming negotiations on the proposed US-EU free trade area. Speaking at the White House after talks with US President Barack Obama, Cameron said there is a "real chance" that the negotiations could be launched in earnest by next month's Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland.

US seeks public comment on proposed EU trade deal

The United States put its proposed trade partnership with the European Union to the public Monday, marking another step toward creating the world's largest free-trade area. The US Trade Representative (USTR) said it was seeking public comments on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, including regarding US interests and priorities, in order to develop US negotiating positions.

UPDATE 2-Obama says more trade deals needed to help create jobs

* Obama says "strong trade deals" help to boost jobs * White House to formally notify Congress soon on EU talks * U.S. hopes to finish Trans-Pacific trade talks this year By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that forging new trade deals with Europe and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will be an important part of his second-term agenda to spur economic growth and create jobs.

Everything on the table in US-EU free trade deal: US

Everything will be on the table when US and EU negotiators restart talks on an ambitious transatlantic free trade deal with a new wind in their sails, Washington's top trade negotiator said Wednesday. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would create the world's largest free trade area, liberalize investment and harmonize regulation, boosting economic growth and jobs, leaders from the two sides said.

UPDATE 2-EU, U.S. fire starting gun for free trade talks

* EU, U.S. trade talks seen starting by June * Could be benchmark for others to follow * EU could add 0.5 pct to GDP, U.S. 0.4 pct by 2027 * Agriculture seen as big sticking point By Philip Blenkinsop and Ethan Bilby BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow.

U.S. awaiting EU political signal for trade talks - official

* EU leader in U.S. to discuss task force recommendations * Biden says US wants to avoid long, drawn-out negotiations By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States needs a strong political signal from European Union leaders to put proposed talks on a transatlantic trade agreement into high gear, a U.S. senior administration official said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2-US says to negotiate services trade pact with EU, Japan, others

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it plans to negotiate an agreement with the European Union, Japan and 18 other economies to remove trade and investment barriers in services ranging from finance to express delivery. Washington, the 27-nation EU and a mix of other developed and developing countries have been exploring the idea of launching talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) for nearly a year.

Multilateralism in trade is "dead" - French industry minister

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Multilateral trade deals are "dead", France's industry minister said on Tuesday, professing a preference for bilateral accords as the 27-nation European Union and the United States prepare to begin talks on removing tariffs. Arnaud Montebourg, an advocate of limited protectionism in trade and industrial policy, said deals involving several nations were impossible to broker today because competing national interests could not be squared.
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