AGRIBUSINESS: Bilateral E.U. Trade Deal Hits Roadblock

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The bilateral Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations between the United States and the European Union have hit a snag.

The E.U. is partially suspending negotiations with the U.S. to hold a three-month public consultation which will begin in March. E.U. Trade Chief Karel De Gucht said some Europeans are concerned about investment rules in the proposed deal.

A spokesperson for the E.U. said the overall negotiations are still set to wrap up by the year’s end with a high level meeting in Washington sometime mid-February.  There will be another negotiation round in March scheduled to proceed as planned.