Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 17, 2022

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsRussia and Ukraine remain a focus for officials from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US), with the US Secretary of State dispatched to Europe this past week.   Notably, a bipartisan US Senate delegation visited Ukraine this week, with one Senator suggesting the US Government is vetting potential effects of removing Russia from the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system.  Due to concerns related to potential Russian retaliation directed at Europe’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sources, Bloomberg reported late on Friday that US officials were talking to Qatar and other LNG producing countries about supplying Europe with gas.

Meanwhile, the US and UK confirmed they were commencing formal talks to discuss the United States’ steel and aluminum tariffs.  The UK hosted its second Africa Investment Conference this past week, with a focus on sustainable, green investments; the UK and Australia secured a new Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership.  The French EU Council Presidency continued this week to set forth its priorities, ranging from agriculture and fisheries to mirror clauses and investments in new technologies.  The European Parliament made some progress on the proposed Digital Services Act, while the EU27 Finance Ministers discussed the proposed Directive implementing the OECD’s Pillar II agreement.  The European Commission also published a toolkit this week to help mitigate foreign interference in research and innovation in the bloc.  Next week, the UK and EU are set to meet again to discuss issues with respect to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol.  In addition, with Omicron cases decreasing in the UK, the Government relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • Notable US, UK, and EU developments;
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update; and
  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners.

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US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of January 17, 2022

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Federal Vaccine Mandate Updates
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Notable Labor Department Developments
  • Updating Mergers Guidelines

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US Executive Branch Update – January 26, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

1:00 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT meets with private sector CEOs to discuss the ways his Build Back Better agenda will grow the economy and make the U.S. more competitive, increase worker productivity and workforce participation, lower inflation over the long-term, and support business growth | State Dining Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 25, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 24, 2022

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

US executive branch text over image of White HousePOTUS’ Schedule*

10:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House from Camp David | South Lawn

11:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 21, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

The White House did not release the President’s schedule for Friday.  However, the President is supposed to have a virtual meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister today. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 20, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

11:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with members of the Infrastructure Implementation Task Force to discuss delivering results from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century | Cabinet Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 19, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

4:00 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT holds a press conference | East Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 18, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

Note:  The US Federal Government was closed on Monday, in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

11:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Weekly Economic Briefing | Roosevelt Room Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of January 10, 2022

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Federal Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges Update
  • Consumer Price Index
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Notable Labor Department Developments
  • USMCA Deputies Meeting Readout
  • Labor Department Nominations

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Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 10, 2022

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsAmid increased tension between the Russian Federation (Russia) and Ukraine, diplomatic talks between the United States (US), European countries, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia concluded this week, with US officials saying they are taking stock of the discussions, while Russian officials indicated talks were a “dead end.”  These past few weeks and this week, US, United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) officials continued to warn Russia against another invasion of Ukraine.  American officials indicated later this week that Russia might soon launch a false-flag operation to provide a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine.  Meanwhile, the situation in Kazakhstan appears to have stabilized, with reports that Russia troops are withdrawing, at the Kazakh Government’s request.

The UK released its Annual Sanctions Report for 2021 this week and formally launched trade negotiations with India.  With France at the helm of the EU, the French Presidency focused this week on European supply chains and Africa, especially ahead of its February EU-African Union Summit.  In the near-term, Britain will host its UK-Africa Summit on 20 January.  Transatlantic partners also continue to grapple with the highly transmissible Omicron COVID-19 variant, albeit signs appear to indicate the Omicron surge may be cresting.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • Notable US, UK, and EU developments;
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update; and
  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners.

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US Executive Branch Update – January 14, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

12:30 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT announces how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will rebuild America’s bridges, which are critical for getting to school and work, moving commerce, and connecting communities; The President will also provide an update on the progress made by his Administration in the 60 days since he signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law | South Court Auditorium Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of January 3, 2022

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • December Jobs Report
  • Federal Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges Update
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Notable Labor Department Developments

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US Executive Branch Update – January 13, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

10:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers an update on his Administration’s whole-of-government COVID-19 surge response; the Secretary of Defense and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell also attend | South Court Auditorium Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – January 12, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:20 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:45 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY attend the funeral of General Raymond Odierno; THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks | Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, VA Continue Reading

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