TTIP trade deal won't be 'done at any price' says Hogan
Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30
Europe remains anxious to strike a trade deal with the United States but won't do it at any price, European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said.
The commissioner described the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks as slow and said the EU now has a short space within which to complete the TTIP negotiations before the US election.
"We have a window of opportunity between now and February - otherwise politics will probably take over," he said at last week's Agri-Food Strategy Group's conference in Dublin last week.
"We'll have to see I suppose this week if there's seriousness on the part of the United States to do a deal with Europe. Europe is anxious to do a deal but not at any price."
The commissioner said the delay in getting the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks concluded has delayed the Europe-US discussions.
"Europe has made a substantial offer as far back as 2014 and has not received the reciprocate commitments that it was expecting to receive. Perhaps that's due to the TPP negotiations," the commissioner said.
The ICSA's president Patrick Kent warned the beef sector was the "loser" in all of the trade deals and the potential for a separate deal with South American countries forming Mercosur could not be ruled out.
Brussels-based think tank Farm Europe has also warned it expected the EU would have to grant significant market access to hormone-free beef and any agreement would at least match the deal struck with Canada to admit 50,000 tonnes of beef from the EU.