TTIP dialogue in Stockholm
A unique event organised by the Government Offices together with the Swedish Trade Union Confederation and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise brought together representatives of business, civil society, the EU and the United States for a full-day dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
TTIP dialogue web casts
TTIP dialogue was partly web casted on LO play
Participants in TTIP dialogue
Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, and EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström took part in debates and gave speeches during the day.
"For an open and trade-dependent country such as Sweden, it has never been an option to say no to trade, and the TTIP negotiations are a historic opportunity to contribute to Sweden's and the EU's prosperity," said Ms Linde.
In smaller groups, representatives of environmental organisations, the business sector and trade unions in Sweden and around the world discussed various aspects of TTIP and the ongoing negotiations. Together with Ms Malmström and Mr Froman, Ms Linde visited a Swedish company to discuss trade and the opportunities of TTIP. Negotiations on TTIP also took place at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters.
"There is a consensus in our country on the importance of trade and openness, which is clearly manifested in this dialogue meeting. Continued openness and transparency, and engaging stakeholder organisations and citizens are important as negotiations continue," said Ms Linde.
The event was webcast live.