9 December, 2013 – 18:00 to 20:00

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) can make significant geopolitical impact as another pillar of the transatlantic cooperation and bring unprecedented trade and investment opportunities to both sides of the Atlantic. The free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States will likely help increase employment, boost growth and, on a smaller scale, relieve family budgets – and Slovakia will not remain untouched. Nonetheless, the talks have not been proceeding smoothly so far and the ambitious goal to establish a free trade area by 2015 might not be easy to achieve. Negotiations were interrupted by the US government shutdown in October and the recent spying revelations certainly did not help decrease the tension. The TTIP project has its opponents who dispute not only what they call a secretive nature of negotiations, but also view the promised outcome as unrealistic.

– How can a fully functional free trade area be achieved between the US and the EU?

– What are the benefits and shortcomings of the free trade area plan?

– What will be the TTIP’s impact in Central Europe and what direct economic benefits might occur in the region?

– What benefits can the agreement bring specifically to Slovakia?

The BratislavaCHAT project is co-organised and sponsored by the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia. The debate is held as a part of the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” project organised by the Slovak Atlantic Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.