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Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 25, 2020

The European Commission moved forward with guidance this week on its COVID-19 recovery and resilience efforts.  The United Kingdom (UK) continues to prepare for its transition out of the European Union (EU) at the end of the year, while talks continue between the two sides.  Trade negotiations between the United States (US) and UK also … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 18, 2020

This week, the European Commission President gave her first state of the union address, outlining priorities for the Commission and European Union (EU).  EU leaders also hosted a virtual summit with the Chinese President, discussing trade and other matters.  Amid the heightened tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the European Council President stopped in Greece and … Continue Reading

Why Antitrust Practitioners Should be Interested in Espionage…

The Five Eyes Alliance has its origins in cooperation between US and UK intelligence agencies during the Second World War.  It solidified into the secret relationship between the intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US during the Cold War.  Its soubriquet “Five Eyes” came from the protective marking on intelligence material shared … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 11, 2020

For several months, the United States (US) has been a COVID-19 hotspot.  This week, Western Europe surpassed the US in new daily infections, re-emerging as a hotspot.  The European Commission shuffled some portfolios this week, after former European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan’s resignation.  Meanwhile, talks between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK) … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 4, 2020

Over the past two weeks, the European Union (EU) saw the resignation of its EU Trade Commissioner, increased tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, and several EU countries received a high-level Chinese delegation.  The United States (US) and EU also achieved a tariff reducing deal on American lobsters and other products.  Meanwhile, transatlantic attention remains focused … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – August 21, 2020

Recently, transatlantic attention has focused on Belarus after irregularities were noted with its presidential election on 9 August that resulted in protests in that nation.  Meanwhile, talks between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) also resumed this week, continuing to seek a path forward for the UK’s future trade arrangements with the … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – August 7, 2020

On Wednesday, 29 July, the European Union (EU) and China convened its 8th High Level Trade and Economic Dialogue to discuss economic and trade issues, apart from addressing COVID-19.  With more citizens travelling and visiting beaches in Europe and in the United States (US), COVID-19 cases continue to spike.  This report also touches on the … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – July 27, 2020

This past week, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZenca announced positive news on the coronavirus vaccine front, welcoming news particularly as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States and other parts of the world.  The United States’ (US) Operation Warp Speed announced another agreement that would provide $1.95 billion for the production and nationwide delivery of … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – July 20, 2020

The European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council met this past week and focused on concerns with respect to the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Hong Kong.  This week’s report provides a readout of some of these discussions, as well as the United States’ (US) perspective on the Eastern Mediterranean region and Libya.  The United Kingdom (UK) … Continue Reading

Public Policy Briefing – July 16, 2020

Coronavirus cases in the US are surging. States are closing bars and restaurants. States, local governments, schools and private enterprises are calling upon the federal government for aid, and the US Congress is preparing to craft bipartisan emergency legislation of US$1 trillion or more. It’s March 2020 all over again – only this time, legislators … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – July 12, 2020

The United Kingdom (UK) unveiled its new human rights sanctions regime this past week, along with its first designations.  The United States (US) welcomed the action, and some US lawmakers continue to urge the European Union (EU) to adopt a similar regime.  Meanwhile, the EU moved forward with its trade policy review, with some seeking … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – July 6, 2020

The European Union (EU) has begun lifting some restrictions on non-EU travelers to the bloc, approving non-binding recommendations for member states.  The United States (US), which has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, is not among the list of countries whose citizens are permitted to travel to the EU.  The United Kingdom (UK) also released … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – June 26, 2020

American officials continue to raise concerns with China’s perceived long-term goals, which they believe may undermine multilateral institutions, national security and sovereign interests, and democratic principles in general.  The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing concerns with China, and it may serve as the catalyst for further transatlantic cooperation aimed at responding to some of China’s … Continue Reading

Testing Time: The Culture of Confidence in Retail in the UK

Monday, June 15, 2020 marked the advent of the UK edging back to normality with most high street retailers opening their doors for the first time since March. Media outlets published pictures of high streets flooded with queues of eager shoppers seemingly indicating that some consumer confidence had returned to the retail sector. On that … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – June 19, 2020

America and European countries remain focused on securing a COVID-19 vaccine to prevent resurgences of the virus, with the European Commission unveiling a strategy this week to accelerate its coordinated efforts.  At a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense Ministerial this week, partners focused on COVID-19 and other topics, including the US’ announcement to lower … Continue Reading

European Commission Consults on Expansion of Its Competition and Regulatory Powers in Digital Markets

The European Commission recently launched two complementary consultations that would expand its competition enforcement powers and establish regulations for digital markets. The commission intends to close perceived gaps in its statutory powers to curb gatekeepers in digital markets.… Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 16, 2020

With a month having passed since the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives passed the US$3 trillion HEROES Act as a sequel to the bipartisan US$2.7 trillion CARES Act, calls are being renewed for Republicans in the US Senate to begin negotiations for the purpose of forging the next major federal coronavirus response deal. The White … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – June 12, 2020

A potential area of increased transatlantic collaboration could center on ongoing efforts to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO).  China’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may provide an avenue for the United States (US) and European Union (EU), along with the United Kingdom (UK) and other like-minded trading partners, to bridge divides on WTO reform … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & European Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 9, 2020

The US Congress is moving urgently to formulate new legislation that goes to the heart of the current policy debate in America, and it has nothing to do with coronavirus. Instead, the focus of Congress’ current short-term agenda is police reform, calls for which have surged across the nation in the wake of the universally … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – June 5, 2020

The United States has been experiencing large-scale protests in urban centers in response to the death of George Floyd, a black American citizen, in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 25 May.  This is not the first time the country has seen protests related to racism against black Americans, but it comes amid a global … Continue Reading

EU Public Policy Update Financial Services and Taxation – Selected Developments From First Half of (H1) 2020

The European Commission (i.e. the European Union’s Executive Body) has started a new 5-year political mandate on 1 December 2019 under the leadership of its new President, the German Ursula von der Leyen. Three overarching priorities are woven into the EC policy agenda 2019-2024: (1) sustainability/climate neutrality (under the new European Green Deal), (2) digitalization … Continue Reading

Update on EU Sustainability Policies – Select Developments From First Half of (H1) 2020

This overview provides select EU policy developments in the broad area of sustainability – and how we can support businesses in managing and shaping these policy discussions to their advantage. Our Observations Despite the COVID-19 crisis, sustainability policy remains a top priority for EU policymakers. Now is the best time for businesses to engage in … Continue Reading

EU Public Policy Update ICT and Digital Markets – Select Developments from First Half of (H1) 2020

The European Commission (i.e. the European Union’s Executive Body) has started a new 5-year political mandate on 1 December 2019 under the leadership of its new President, the German Ursula von der Leyen. Three overarching priorities are woven into the EC policy agenda until 2024: (1) sustainability/climate neutrality (under the new European Green Deal), (2) … Continue Reading
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