Tag Archives: WTO

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: April 18-30, 2022

After multiple top European officials’ visits to Kyiv, the United States (US) Government dispatched two Cabinet-level officials to Ukraine, marking the return of American officials to the country and a re-opening of the US Embassy, since the conflict with Russia started in late February.  The United Kingdom (UK) also announced its Embassy was re-opening in … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – April 28, 2022

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* 9:30 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief 10:45 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on support for Ukrainians defending their country and their freedom against Russia’s brutal war … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 28, 2022

The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) continued to ratchet up additional pressure on Russia this week, while the European Union (EU) and UK appear to have different opinions on how best to continue to coordinate the pressure campaign against Russia.  The UK and US aligned this week with high-level visits to India, part … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 14, 2022

More countries joined the United States (US) this past week in calling for Russia’s “most-favored nation” status to be revoked at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The European Union (EU) approved a fourth tranche of sanctions against Russia, as the bloc prepares yet another potential round of sanctions.  Furthermore, the United Kingdom (UK) designated an … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 21, 2022

In the early hours of 22 February, at the direction of the Kremlin, Russian Federation military forces crossed Ukraine’s borders from multiple fronts, beginning an assault that appears to be an effort to seize control of the country via the capital, Kyiv.  Western allies – the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and European Union … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 31, 2022

While the situation between Russia and Ukraine remains a focus for transatlantic trade partners, the rhetoric this week appears to have been pared back.  Nevertheless, a group of Senators in the United States (US) may soon have an agreement on a sanctions bill to address Russia’s aggression.  Sanctions legislation was introduced on 31 January in … 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 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 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 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 – 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

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 – 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 Europe – Week of October 12, 2020

A second wave of COVID-19 cases is being seen around the world and governments on both sides of the Atlantic are re-examining restrictions to curb the spread of the virus again.  Two of four COVID vaccine candidates in late stage trials in the United States (US) have paused after individuals had complications that are being … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 14, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 11:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks to the Economic Clubs of New York; Florida; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; … Continue Reading
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