WASHINGTON, DC — March 20, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today cheered the Obama Administration’s official intent to enter into negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union.
“The United States and Europe are the world’s two biggest economies. Together, they account for half of the world’s output and a third of all trade. A transatlantic trade deal has the potential to be a huge boon for digital-age products and services,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The agreement can boost business investment, economic growth and job creation in the United States and Europe — and it can set an important marker for the global trading system.”
“We are pleased that the Administration’s goals include appropriate provisions to facilitate the growth of electronic commerce and facilitate the flow of data across borders,” Holleyman said. “It is also encouraging that the goals include expanding access to government procurement markets and state-owned enterprises, and affirming the shared US-EU objective of high-level IPR protection and enforcement.”
“We commend the Administration for initiating these negotiations,” said Holleyman, “and we look forward to working with negotiators and lawmakers as the process moves forward.”