TTIP Sustainability Impact Assessment: Our contribution to improving the analysis on SMEs

10 June 2016. Is trade good for people and the environment? Do international trade agreements comply with sustainability? Trade Sustainability Impact Assessments (TSIAs) are supposed to provide the answers. The latest (interim) TSIA has been prepared for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. It was published on 13 May 2016. MORE has scrutinized the 394-page document to find out what it says that is of particular relevance to small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. We express some criticism of the TSIA and go on to suggest ways to improve the analysis of the impact of TTIP on SMEs – in the hope of informing the ongoing assessment process. (This paper was issued by MORE, the precursor to Fair Economy Lab).