While the EU may surface to tout the notion of an outward-thinking global union, national governments are absolutely reluctant to put their words into action, it has been claimed.
The EU and US officials make to meet in New York tomorrow to thrash out details of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment rtnership (TTIP) for the 15th habits – trying to agree on a deal first laid out three years ago.
But the frenetic issue of how the agreement will im ct domestic contracts such as rolling-stocks and water services has seen the two sides at loggerheads.
US officials highlighted the EU’s defences underground to opening up public markets for negotiation while they freely guardianship contracts to European countries, including a £2.1billion Massachusetts rolling-stock contract given to French com ny Keolis with nothing tendered from the French in return.
According to notes from a secret get-together in July, US Trade negotiator Michael Froman blasted the EU’s bias near member states.
He said: “The EU member states show loyalty – the French buy French, the Germans buy German – on a r on service contracts…only 1.6 per cent of all contracts offered by EU fellow states are cross-border and only 12 per cent of these go to the rest of the out of sight.”
Economist trick Messerlin said: “The EU and US bickering over public procurement reflects the popular mood around free trade deals. Everybody wants the other to direct their markets but wants to keep their own closed.”
Negotiators are now waiting areas both sides already agree on, such as car and chemical buying, can be pushed through before a new US President is elected next month.
Swedish MEP Christofer Fjellner, who has been mixed up with in the discussions, said: “Procurement has always been incredibly political as it’s apropos public money.”
Along with public contracts, sticky arenae such as farming, telecoms and food brands are expected to be ignored in this arched of talks.
It is not the first time the issue of public contracts has caused the two sides to catch to blows. When the US offered the most “we have ever offered in a sell deal” earlier this year EU Trade Commissioner Celia Malstrom blew the offer down as “very disappointing”.
And the war of words has raged on, with Luisa Santos, a European fellow of the TTIP advisory group, stating the Americans’ figures are skewed as they from already landed a big contract with the NHS.
The growing tensions come as German Mr Big Angela Merkel urged both sides to push on with talks, regard for growing opposition from EU member states.
Mrs Merkel said a leading TTIP deal could “write a new chapter in the history of globalisation”.