As consultations move forward between European Commission and US Government towards a free trade agreement known as TTIP, business representatives are mainly cited as awaiting desperately the conclusion of this treaty. However it is doubtful whether the terms of this agreement are favorable to small or medium business. Though some may take advantage, for a large majority there is no improvement to expect, while risks are ahead.
It will most certainly end in market conditions favorable to large companies or corporations, while small units will be pushed to act as subs to large entities to gain access to markets at all. The fact that negotiations are held in secret from public is most discomforting. Representatives of large lobby groups, dominated my big corporations, are directly involved and claim publicly success of their influence.
If it is all about non-tarifary inhibitions to markets, then let the standard organizations like ISO do their work. But it seems it is more about deregulation. Deregulation all very fine, should some bureaucratic non sense be abolished. But this kind of warcry should not overtake against necessary protective and preventive rules. Markets should serve peoples needs or business requirements. Necessarily they belong to regional or local culture, and hence some regulations stem from this cultural differences. SMB serves these in an appropriate way, while large corps serve best overall infrastructure. Yet the large ones should not need public pimpup at the disadvantage of their small competitors.
TTIP, CETA and CISA imho are not favouring free trade but contribute to a distortion of market mechanism. The word will seem more global on the slides, while variety will diminish and welfare is set at risk.
For CETA there is a detailed analysis at hand, though from a critical source, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, since september 2014. Should have a look at this if you are responsible for a SMB.
There is more to be sais from the BCM point of view.