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

Amid 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 … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 3, 2022

Officials from the United States (US) spent this past week preparing for this coming week’s diplomatic talks with their counterparts from the Russian Federation, amid tension over Russia’s military build-up at Ukraine’s border and unrest in Kazakhstan that saw Russian paratroopers deployed at the behest of the Kazakh government.  European and US officials will be … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of December 20, 2021

Transatlantic partners are closely tracking the Russian Federation’s (“Russia”) military build-up at Ukraine’s border, continuing to issue warnings against a possible incursion.  Officials from the United States (US, or USA) briefed the media on the situation on Thursday, just ahead of the US Christmas holiday break.  The US Government also released its annual report on … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of December 13, 2021

Russia’s military build-up at Ukraine’s border continues to dominate the attention of transatlantic partners, with officials from the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and the European Union (EU) continuing to warn Russia to de-escalate the situation.  In America, the US Congress wrapped up its legislative work for 2021, with Democrats not quite getting … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of December 6, 2021

This past week, the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) started outlining its agenda for 2022, with a focus on digital trade, among other priorities, in the broader framework of establishing a “network of liberty.”  The latter point overlaps with the Government of the United States of America (US, or USA), which hosted a virtual … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of November 1, 2021

The United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and the United States (US) focused this past week on climate change and global supply chain disruptions, with the UK hosting the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which continues into this week.  Transatlantic leaders started the week in Rome, attending the Group … Continue Reading

The EU’s Proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA): What You Need To Know

In April 2021, the EU Commission (EC) proposed a suite of new legislative and non-legislative proposals related to artificial intelligence (AI): in a proposed Regulation laying down rules on Artificial Intelligence (“Artificial Intelligence Act – AIA”), the EC attempts the first-ever comprehensive legal framework for this highly debated and fast-developing family of technologies.… Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of September 6, 2021

This week, the United Kingdom (UK) provided an extension related to the customs requirements for its goods transiting to Northern Ireland, thereby providing additional time for negotiations with the European Union (EU) to find a path forward to resolve the trade concerns tied to the Northern Ireland Protocol.  The European Commission published its 2021 Strategic … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of August 9, 2021

United States (US) employers, including the US Government, are increasingly mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for American employees, amid the past few weeks of increased Delta variant cases. The US Government also moved forward with approving the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for a booster dose for immunocompromised Americans only this week. Meanwhile, the US, in coordination with … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of July 12, 2021

The United States (US) and European Union (EU) focused this week on forced labor and concerns with their respective supply chains, with the US releasing updated guidance on some related concerns coming from one region within the People’s Republic of China (China).  Russia was also in the spotlight, with the US focused on cyber-attacks originating … Continue Reading

Italy’s Antitrust Authority Proposes Simplification of Public Procurement Rules

The international press saluted Mario Draghi’s appointment as the new Italian prime minister with optimism. Italy is given “another chance” (The Economist). Italy is turning in a “power player in Europe” (The New York Times). Mr. Draghi wasted no time and asked his aides for radical reforms proposals. Against this backdrop, on 23 March, the Italian Competition Authority … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 22, 2021

Officials from the United States (US) reached out to European officials this week, discussing mutual concerns and priorities.  The European Union (EU) continues struggle with resolving its vaccine distribution challenges, extending its vaccine export restrictions until June.  This week, the US and European partners jointly imposed sanctions against officials from the People’s Republic of China … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 15, 2021

United States (US) engagement with transatlantic partners came across multiple fronts this week, via the White House, State Department outreach, the NATO Defense Ministerial and Treasury Department outreach.  The European Commission released its trade strategy, with the “Open Strategic Autonomy” principle at the center, but also prioritizing strengthening the European Union (EU)-US relationship.  Effective this … Continue Reading

Looking Ahead at the US Economy and Transatlantic Relations Under Biden-Harris Administration – Conversation with EU AmChams

In early December 2020, former US Speaker of the House John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) and former Chairman of the US House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (Democrat-New York) spoke to a group of EU AmChams, representing Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, on their views of the Biden-Harris economic agenda, how … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 18, 2021

A peaceful transition of presidential power occurred in the United States (US) on Wednesday, 20 January, in Washington, D.C., with President Joe Biden now leading the country and calling for unity.  Over his first few days, President Biden immediately signed a number of orders, ranging from addressing COVID-19 to climate change and other topics.  Prior … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 11, 2021

The United States (US) continues to focus on the aftermath of the US Capitol Building attack on 6 January, as it looks to move forward with a peaceful transition of power this coming week.  Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) process for approving the EU-United Kingdom (UK) trade deal took another step forward this week, as … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Welcome to the Inaugural Report of 2021

All eyes were on Washington, D.C. last week, as news emerged Wednesday that the United States (US) Capitol was breached.  Order was restored quickly and Congress moved ahead with certifying the 3 November election results.  In the wake of the incident, US President Donald Trump is under pressure to resign, with just over a week … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of December 14, 2020

The United States (US) approved its second COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna this week, ramping up its initial vaccine distribution and inoculations in America.  Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) decided to expedite its vaccine approval process and is now on track to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines before the end of the month.… Continue Reading
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