Tag Archives: World Trade Organization

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

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of June 7, 2021

The United Kingdom (UK) hosted the Group of Seven¹ (G7) Leaders’ Summit, which opened on Friday and will conclude on Sunday.  The Summit comes after the G7 Finance Ministers reached an agreement in principle on global minimum tax regime last weekend.  Officials from the United States (US), including the President, were in the UK this … Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of May 24, 2021

This 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: Biden Administration Labor Leadership Updates More Republican-Led States Curb Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits House W&M Republicans Introduced Paid Family Leave Bill Two Workplace Bills Advance Out of Committee OSHA … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of May 24, 2021

The President of the United States (US) directed the American intelligence community to redouble efforts in ascertaining the origins of COVID-19, a move that comes amid US lawmakers increasingly pressing the Administration to investigate allegations of a possible leak from a laboratory in Wuhan in the People’s Republic of China (“China”).  The European Union (EU) … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of May 3, 2021

In a surprising announcement last week, the United States (US) reversed course on its position towards the COVID-10 TRIPS Agreement waiver negotiations, saying it would negotiate a waiver at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  US Republican lawmakers and the pharmaceutical industry pushed back on the decision, warning it would allow the People’s Republic of China … 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 April 12, 2021

Tensions with Russia resulted in another G7 statement on the situation in and around Ukraine, while the United States (US) moved to address other Russian provocations related to cyber intrusions, election interference and bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.  The United Kingdom (UK) also denounced Russia’s malign activities.  While US lawmakers welcomed the actions against … 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 March 8, 2021

The United States (US) marked one year of COVID-related restrictions on Thursday, with US President Joe Biden noting the increased vaccination pace across the country and suggesting Americans may return to more normalcy by 4 July.  The United Kingdom (UK) Government is also moving forward with its phased re-opening plans, with students returning to schools … Continue Reading

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

The European Union (EU) continues to face COVID-19 vaccine production challenges in the bloc, along with increased COVID-19 infection cases driven by the mutating coronavirus.  Whereas the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) have seen declines in COVID-19 cases, which is allowing for some easing of restrictions.  Tension between the EU and UK remains … 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

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – November 23 through December 6, 2020

The United Kingdom (UK) approved its first COVID-19 vaccine this past week, moving forward with its first inoculations this month.  Regulators in the United States (US) and European Union (EU) are still examining the Phase 3 clinical data but are not far behind in their respective approval processes for some vaccine candidates. Talks between the … Continue Reading

Transition 2020 | Biden and Trade: Renewed Transatlantic Relationships

President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to prioritize rebuilding transatlantic relations, after several years of elevated tensions on a number of trade priorities. US and European officials have traded barbs on a number of fronts – from World Trade Organization (WTO) reform to the long-standing large civil aircraft dispute, and from Section 232 national security tariffs … Continue Reading

“A Union of Vitality in a World of Fragility” – EU Commission’s 2021 Work Program – What You Should Know

The European Commission published its 2021 work program for the coming 12 to 14 months on October 19, 2020. The 44 new policy initiatives complements EU’s medium-term policy objectives, including the green and the digital transformation, dealing with the economic and social consequences of COVID-19, and strengthening Europe’s role at the international level. In light … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – October 9, 2020

COVID-19 has affected leadership in the United States (US) and Europe these past few weeks, with multiple top US officials in self-quarantine this week after potential exposures to infected persons.  US officials have thus far failed to advance another COVID-19 relief package, while the European Union (EU) Finance Ministers reached a political agreement on the … 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

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 25, 2020

COVID-19 is making a comeback in America this summer, complicating President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and governors’ plans to reopen their economies. A wave of new hospitalizations around the country is threatening to dampen hopes for a quick economic recovery in the wake of this spring’s pandemic-related lockdown, giving new urgency to discussions among federal … 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

May 28, 2020: The Future of US/UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

“We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also is representative of his administration’s mindset to international negotiations. President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue Reading

The White House Hosts a Countering Violent Extremism Summit; Washington Closely Monitoring the Situation in Ukraine; Congress is in Recess

Upcoming Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit U.S. National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen reported last week that 20,000 foreign fighters are joining ISIL and other extremist organizations. Secretary of State John Kerry also observed that thousands of extremist fighters have been killed in Syria and in Iraq, including many foreign fighters. This week, the White House … Continue Reading

Obama Outlines Current U.S. Foreign Policy Concerns; New U.S. Sanctions Announced Against Russia; Israel Sends Ground Troops Into Gaza

On Wednesday (July 16), President Barack Obama outlined current U.S. foreign policy concerns, providing updates on the: (1) election in Afghanistan; (2) P5+1 Talks with Iran and the expiring six-month Interim Agreement; (3) Israel-Palestine/Hamas conflict; and (4) Ukraine crisis. Ukraine Crisis President Obama announced new U.S. sanctions against Russia on July 16, targeting a series of … Continue Reading

Congressional Committee Evaluate Expedited LNG Export Application Processing

Legislative Activity Congressional Committees Evaluate Expedited LNG Export Application Processing Last week, congressional interest in exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) reached a crescendo as three different congressional committees held hearings to evaluate the economic and geopolitical impact of expedited U.S. processing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) applications to countries that do not have a Free-Trade-Agreement … Continue Reading
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