Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (116)

Micheál Martin

Question:

116. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the position regarding the EU-USA free trade talks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34270/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Negotiations between the EU and the US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership began formally in July, with the first round of negotiations held in Washington. The negotiations are at a very early stage, with the second round of talks, which were due to be held in Brussels this week, from 7 – 11 October, having been deferred at the request of the U.S. This is due to staffing and financial constraints caused by the partial government shutdown in the U.S. No alternative date has been proposed at this stage for the talks to recommence.