Tag Archives: Northern Ireland Protocol

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 29, 2021

The past two weeks saw the emergence of a new coronavirus variant – designated “Omicron” – that was first noted by officials in South Africa, who quickly reported it globally.  While countries around the world – including the United States of America (US or USA) – restricted travel to and from nations in southern Africa, … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of November 8, 2021

Officials from the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) participated in the final week of the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland.  The Summit concluded with the publication of the Glasgow Climate Pact, which maintains the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to … 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

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

Officials from the United States (US) were in Europe this week, discussing trade matters, including the Section 232 aluminum and steel dispute.  The US Department of the Treasury formally announced an agreement had been reached with some European countries that have enacted unilateral digital services taxes (DSTs).  Also this week, the European Commission adopted its … Continue Reading

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

The President of the United States (US) focused this week on global transportation supply chains, namely two American ports on the West Coast of the country.  Similar to the US, the British Prime Minister is also focused on supply chain challenges, appointing a person to help advise on the issue. The US also appears to … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of October 4, 2021

Talks between the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) continued this week toward trying to resolve post-Brexit trade impasses, amid warnings from both sides.  Officials from the United States (US) attended Group of 20 (G20) meetings and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ministerial this week, with Biden Administration officials welcoming the … Continue Reading

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

Tension between the United States (US) and France remains heightened, spilling over to European Union (EU) – however, the EU-US Trade and Tech Council is set to move forward this coming week.  Global leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly this past week, with the US President convening a virtual COVID-19 Summit on the margins.  … 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 30, 2021

We are resuming the report after a two-week hiatus – a time-period coinciding with the United States (US) Congress and European Union (EU) annual summer recess break – and recapping developments since 16 August in this report.  The EU and US are preparing for the EU-US Trade and Tech Council meeting later this month, with … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of July 5, 2021

European partners focused on Afghanistan this week, with the United States (US) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states winding down military operations in the country.  The European Parliament endorsed a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the European Union’s (EU) trade underlying the urgency to reinforce the EU’s trade policy review.  The … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of June 28, 2021

Travel is easing in the European Union (EU), with implementation of a COVID-19 Digital Certificate. The United States (US), along with European partners, announced a joint financing package this week to help facilitate COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity in South Africa.  The White House also released the US COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework. Meanwhile, the … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of May 31, 2021

The European Union (EU) continues to resist supporting the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) waiver for COVID-19 vaccines; and unveiled its alternative proposal on Friday.  Meanwhile, the United States (US) Government announced how it would start sharing some of its vaccine supply with the world this week.  Ahead … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of April 19, 2021

The United States (US) hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate this week, with transatlantic partners affirming commitments on reducing emissions and growing green, sustainable jobs.  The United Kingdom (UK) and the US also focused on issues with respect to Russia, while the European Union (EU) published a legislative package related to sustainable finance and sustainable … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 8, 2021

This week in the United States (US), Senators focused on the impeachment trial for former US President Donald Trump, while the House of Representatives moved forward with the budget reconciliation process for another COVID relief bill.  US President Joe Biden announced new US sanctions on Burma, while his Administration secured contracts for additional doses of … Continue Reading

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

The European Union’s (EU) COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism continued to be heavily criticized this past week, including a proposal that would have invoked Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  This led to increased tension between the United Kingdom (UK) and EU, amid continuing post-Brexit border customs concerns with Northern Ireland.  In the United … Continue Reading
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