In January 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative issued negotiating targets for a U.S.-EU trade deal and last year President Trump threatened to impose a tariff on European car imports. The US and the EU concluded a number of trade agreements in 2019, including an agreement to facilitate the export of US beef to the EU. The draft energy chapter of TTIP was forwarded to The Guardian in July 2016.  According to The Guardian, this project could “sabotage” European efforts to implement binding energy-saving measures and promote the transition to renewable electricity generation. The draft text obliges both trading blocs to: “Promote industry self-regulation with regard to energy efficiency requirements for goods if such self-regulation is likely to achieve policy objectives more quickly or at a lower cost than mandatory requirements.”  The draft also provides that energy system operators allow access to gas and electricity “under reasonable, transparent and non-discriminatory commercial conditions, including between types of energy”.  This would open up the redemption remuneration systems to commercial challenges, including those used by Germany. Green MEP Claude Turmes said: “These proposals are totally unacceptable. They would sabotage the ability of EU lawmakers to prioritise renewable energy and energy efficiency over unsustainable fossil fuels. It is an attempt to undermine democracy in Europe.  In an article in the Wall Street Journal, the chairman of the board of siemens AG (70% in Europe and 30% in the US) claimed that TTIP would strengthen the global competitiveness of the US and the EU by reducing trade barriers, improving intellectual property protection and establishing new international “road rules”.
 Few people have access to the documents called “consolidated texts” and the drafts contain the latest results of the negotiations. live and frozen lobster products. US exports of these products to the EU exceeded $111 million in 2017. The EU will remove these tariffs with retroactive effect to 1 August 2020 on the basis of the most-favoured-nation (MFN) country .. . .