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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

COVID-19: US & EU Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 28, 2020

With the country having passed a grim milestone Wednesday with the 100,000th death from coronavirus, the US House of Representatives will vote today on bipartisan legislation to provide additional flexibility under the March 27 CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses reeling from the economic shutdown. For perhaps the first time since the pandemic … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & EU Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 26, 2020

The US House of Representatives returns to Washington this week, but negotiations aimed at forging a bipartisan consensus on the next federal COVID-19 response package are still weeks away. The Memorial Day holiday weekend brought a surge of activity by Americans who have been in lockdown for months and are yearning for a return to … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US and EU Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 20, 2020

The timing and scope of the next steps in the federal legislative response to COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis remain an open question, as the US’ top monetary policy official declined to take a side Tuesday in the escalating partisan debate over how swiftly the US Congress must deliver additional aid.… Continue Reading
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