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Actually, it is fairly simple: Politics should serve the benefit of the people of this and the future generation which includes the generation of jobs. If an agreement was just for the benefit without the primacy of certain industry's interests the highest standards would be chosen - nothing one would have to negotiate in secrecy. However, if each side wants to maximize the benefit of an agreement on their jobs they seek to keep the obstacles high for the products from other countries and low for their own products in other countries. And that is why they make it a secret: some powerful industries push to lower their obstacles in exchange for the competitiveness of other industries and prior to the existing environmental and social standards. If it was just to lower unnecessary obstacles there would be no need for secrecy, either. So that is what is happening there: powerful industries try to maximize their benefit from the agreement without an objective consideration of the best outcome for both sides. The latter would be possible it the negotiations were made public.

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Kai Neumann

Kai Neumann

Hi Ulli
You are right. I assumed that any gain of jobs on one side is the loss of jobs on the other side. But now I made this explicit with two additional factors.
By 'unnecessary' I meant some possible regulations, that you had in mind, too, when you used the word 'most'.
Of course, the model is not a surprise. It should just explain, that next to possible benefits of TTIP there are also negative aspects as I usually hear just one side's arguments. Also it should show that from the range of aspects the overall negative ones are the ones that give the reason for the secrecy.
Ulli Lorenz

Ulli Lorenz

Interestingly, there is no connection between the alternative TTIP and jobs, neither in Europe nor the US. I would doubt that, that there is no connection.

What exactly do you mean by "unnecessary regulation, rules"? Most of the regulations/rules assure the higher standards...

Despite that the model is already quite interesting... but not surprising... :-)

Kai Neumann

Kai Neumann

I have added an alternative TTIP that would be based on the highest standards. Only products matching these standards are free of tariffs. That would increase costs and yet as the Insight Matrix shows it would be beneficial for the consumers. Yes, it would be that simple!