"On market access, the European Union aims at the compatible level of ambition on tariffs, services and public procurement. We are not there yet. On tariffs, we have exchanged offers twice, which led to a very advanced stage of negotiations," EU's Ignacio Garcia Bercero told reporters in Brussels.
"To complete this work, much remains to be done this year, and, as in any, negotiations the most difficult issues are usually the last to be resolved," he stressed.
Following four-day negotiations that wrapped up earlier in the day, the much-criticized TTIP trade accord is set to contain up to 30 chapters governing market access, regulatory cooperation as well as institutional rules