Issue 367 | 15 April 2013

EU-US trade, sustainable cities, world malaria day and more...

European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht kicks off our EU-US trade agreement feature, arguing that the deal will draw even more value from the already substantial transatlantic trade relationship. The Belgian official writes that, "Liberalising trade between the EU and US would have a positive impact on worldwide trade and incomes, increasing global revenue by almost €100bn." However, "Reaching an ambitious deal will not be easy," he warns. Meanwhile, parliament's trade and economics relations with the United States rapporteur Vital Moreira tells us that, "If the two most important economies can come
to a comprehensive and ambitious agreement, I think it could be a good example for other trading partners." And S&D deputy Peter Skinner writes that the transatlantic deal would bring "so much added value for the two trading blocs working together".