The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

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Introduction: During the EU Parliamentary elections of May 2014, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) came under much public scrutiny and has sparked a fierce debate on the European Union competencies vis à vis member states competencies and increased the Euro-skeptics’ critiques of a “democratic deficit” within the EU. Advocates of TTIP claim that this trade deal, if signed, would bring enormous benefits to both shores of the Atlantic, that it is a debt-free economic stimulus to the stagnant European economy and it will set a “golden standard” for future Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with third countries. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and consumer protection activists fear that such a deal would lower domestic health, safety and environmental standards. Anti-TTIP movements, united under the “stop-TTIP campaign” throughout Europe, have been using many evocative images such as American chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-treated meat, and genetically modified food, to explain their opposition to a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and the United States. With this paper, I intend to analyze the possible impact that a TTIP agreement could have for the Italian agricultural sector, what is at stake for it and what could be the limits to a successful agreement. My thesis is that the Italian agricultural sector would greatly benefit from an EU-US trade agreement that would open possibilities for economic growth without new burdens for
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