On April 20, 2015, the ninth round of Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations began in New York City. USFIA President Julia K. Hughes joined with Christian Ewert, Director General of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in Brussels, in calling for a high-standard, 21st-century agreement to benefit the economy and jobs in both the United States and European Union. USFIA and FTA signed an op-ed in The Hill, one of the widely read publications on Capitol Hill, and also released a joint statement with facts and figures to explain the benefits of TTIP for the economy and jobs.