March BABC Trade & Policy Update

Posted March 16, 2016

Highlights

Launch of TTIP publication ‘Four Sectors, Many Stories, One Ambition’

Launched at twin events in Brussels and London on 24 February 2016 and 2 March 2016, BAB presented the new TTIP publication ‘Four Sectors, Many Stories, One Ambition – leading UK industries make the case for TTIP', a summary of the learnings and stories from BAB’s 2015 UK-wide TTIP event series ‘Open for Business’. Thank you to Helen Melville - BABC Midlands, Lynn Shaw - BABC North West and Allan Hogarth - SNABC and their teams for participating in this initiative.

To read the final report, click here. To receive a hard copy of the report or a pdf version, please contact policy@babinc.org.

To see sector-specific leaflets from the ‘Open for Business’ TTIP series on Food and Drink, Life Sciences, Chemicals and Automotive, please click here.

 

Policy Events and Initiatives

BAB Policy Group roundtable discussion on the occasion of the roll-out of the 2016 US Chamber International IP Index

On 9 March 2016, members of the BAB Policy Group met with Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director, International IP, for the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center and Bill Russell, Head of Global Cooperation, UK Intellectual Property Office on the occasion of the roll-out of the US Chamber 2016 International IP Index. A soft copy of the IP Index Report ‘Infinite Possibilities’ can be found here.

 

BAB joined ‘Virtual Dialogue’ on TTIP

On 10 March 2016, members of BAB’s Policy Group joined a ‘Virtual Dialogue’ on TTIP with the two TTIP Chief Negotiators – Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, Dan Mullaney, and Director at the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG TRADE), Ignacio Garcia Bercero at the US Embassy in London. The event was held simultaneously at many EU Member States.

 

BAB co-signs letter on Financial Services in TTIP

On 21 February 2016, BAB joined SIFMA and other US and EU entities, including the British Bankers Association and the European Services Forum, urging TTIP to include full coverage of Financial Services to address market fragmentation. To read the statement, click here.

 

BABC statement on TTIP

On 25 February 2016, BABC issued a statement calling on EU and US governments and stakeholders to maintain the momentum necessary to bring the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement to a successful conclusion. To read the statement, click here.

 

SNABC held roundtable discussion with Deputy Assistant USTR, Christina Sevilla, in Glasgow, Scotland

On 18 February 20916, the Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC) held a roundtable discussion on ‘How trade and investment can help smaller businesses in Scotland to compete in the modern global economy’ with Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) and US lead negotiator for small businesses in TTIP, kindly hosted by MacRoberts LLP.

 

Outreach and Media 

BABC’s CEO in the Guardian: Americans and Australians are among the most affected by the proposed changes to Tier 2

In an article published in the Guardian on 12 March 2016 on the proposed changes in non-EU immigration to the UK, BABC’s CEO, Jeffries Briginshaw, emphasized that any restriction to the Tier 2 visa scheme will have a negative impact on the way American businesses operate in the UK and how American citizens can be part of the UK. To read the article, click here.

 

Opinion Piece in EurActiv: TTIP: The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

In an opinion pieces published in EurActiv, BAB Fellow Sanford Henry provides some thoughts on why he thinks government(s) must not shy away from confronting the challenge of TTIP. To read the opinion piece, click here.

 

BAB Meeting with Members of Polish Parliament on TTIP

On 4 March 2016, members of the BAB Policy Group met with a delegation from the Polish Parliament to share and discuss businesses views and engagement on TTIP in the UK.

 

BAB Press Release on European Council settlement of UK renegotiation of EU membership

On 19 February 2016, BAB released a statement welcoming the announcement from the European Council that agreement has been reached on the UK’s re-negotiation of EU membership. To read the press release, click here.

 

BAB in Politico on UK in the EU

On 15 February 2016, BAB emphasized the need for US companies to have more information on the impact of possible UK outside the EU in Politico. To read the full article, please click here.

 

BAB Policy feature: Shared Parental Leave – the right direction for gender parity in business

In BAB’s latest ‘Network’ edition – Women in Business Special – BAB’s Head of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam, reflects on how shared parental leave schemes can be a smart way to create more gender parity in business. To read the article and other features in the edition, click here.

 

TTIP LinkedIn Group Growing Fast

We are delighted to announce that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership group on Linkedin, facilitated by BAB’s Policy Team, now has more than 500 (in fact 532!) members. To join the group, please click here.