Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)

The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) is a trade and investment pact currently under negotiation between the United States and the European Union.  Like any new trade agreement, TAFTA has the potential to contribute to the creation of a more just and sustainable global economy, but doing so would require a major shift in direction from past and pending trade policies championed by the Obama administration.  Without such a shift, TAFTA presents significant risks to the environment, consumer safety, food sovereignty, financial regulations and more.  Citizens Trade Campaign’s initial public comments on TAFTA are online here.
TAFTA Symposium
Washington, DC  *  July 9, 2013
(presentations begin at 0:08:39)
0:08:39:  Debbie Sease, Sierra Club
Opening Panel: What’s at Stake 
0:10:25:  Virginia Robnett, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (moderator)
0:18:20:  Lori Wallach, Public Citizen (TAFTA context) – slides here
0:31:35:  Natacha  Cingotti, Friends of the Earth Europe (European perspectives) – slides here
0:41:06:  Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO (labor perspectives)
0:50:42:  Discussion
Environment Panel  
1:00:45:  Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law (moderator)
1:06:22:  Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club (investor-state, energy & climate) – slides here
1:20:36:  William Waren, Friends of the Earth U.S. (downward harmonization)
1:31:06:  Discussion
Food Panel  
2:02:46:  Kathy Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition (moderator)
2:06:53:  Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumer Association (GMOs) – slides here
2:15:31:  Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute for Trade & Agriculture Policy (emerging technologies) – slides here
2:30:21:  Discussion and Conclusion
Other TAFTA Materials