US, EU to hold second round of trade talks Nov. 11-15

The United States and the European Union will hold a second round of trade talks this month to create a massive transatlantic free-trade zone, the two governments announced Monday.

Negotiators for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will meet over November 11-15 in Brussels to discuss services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues.

US and EU teams will conduct negotiations on other issues by video conference throughout November, the US Trade Representative said in a statement.

The second round of negotiations was originally scheduled for October 7-11, but was postponed due to the partial shutdown of the US government over a budget dispute.

"This round of negotiations will now put the TTIP discussion process fully back on track in terms of the planned negotiation timeline," the European Commission, the EU executive, said in a statement.

A negotiating session on public procurement had taken place before the US government shutdown, the two sides said.

The third round of negotiations is scheduled December 16-20 in Washington.

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