EU External Trade: USA

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Council of the European Union will act by unanimity or qualified majority when adopting decisions authorising the EU's (a) signature and, if relevant, provisional application and (b) conclusions of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 23 January 2015

We expect the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be a mixed agreement. In that case, the Council would proceed by consensus, requiring the consent of every Member State, when considering the decisions authorising the EU’s signature, provisional application (if relevant) and conclusion.

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