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The United States and the European Union

News and Background on U.S.-EU Relations. Published by the U.S. Embassy Berlin.


U.S., EU Reach Long-Sought Accord To Liberalize Air Traffic
March 2, 2007. Washington – The United States and the European Union (EU) have achieved a breakthrough in talks on a long-sought agreement to liberalize the trans-Atlantic air transportation market. U.S. and EU negotiators initialed the deal in Brussels, Belgium, March 2, ending a controversy about foreign control of U.S. airlines that threatened to unravel the pact. The Bush administration has welcomed the tentative agreement. U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said it "will offer more choice and convenience to American consumers, promote new growth in our aviation industry and support our continued economic expansion."

President Bush To Host Annual U.S.-EU Summit on April 30
President Bush will host the annual U.S.-EU Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2007. The United States and the European Union have an important and expanding agenda of global cooperation. This meeting will underscore the importance of our relationship in addressing global challenges.

Join our Chat on February 7, 2007: What is the United States Doing to Stop Unwanted Spam?
In November the European Commission issued a report on the dangers of spam. It read that between 50 and 80% of all e-mails are spam and that 1 in 5 of the spam e-mails come from the United States. Spam is definitely an international problem that must be addressed through international cooperation. You are invited to chat with representatives from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on February 7 at 1400 GMT to discuss how the United States is trying to stop spam and spy ware and how it is partnering with other countries to detect, investigate and track down spammers.

U.S., EU Trade Officials Optimistic on Global Trade Accord
January 8, 2007. Washington, DC - United States and European Union (EU) trade officials report progress in efforts to revive stalled talks toward a new global trade liberalization accord. Multilateral talks on the accord, being negotiated under World Trade Organization (WTO) auspices, had been put on hold since the talks collapsed in July 2006. "We are clearly making progress," said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, following a January 8 meeting with her EU counterpart, Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, in Washington.

President Bush and Chancellor Merkel Discussed Transatlantic Issues
January 4, 2007. Washington, DC - President Bush welcomed Chancellor Merkel of Germany to the White House on January 4, 2007. After talks on a number of security and trade issues of shared interest, they held a joint press conference. President Bush: "This new year marks the beginning of Germany's presidency of both the EU and the G8. And we just had a wide-ranging discussion about a lot of issues. We talked about the Chancellor's ambitious agenda for both of those leadership roles. We discussed how we can continue to work together to promote prosperity and security and peace."

Senior Diplomat Previews U.S.-Europe Relations for 2007
December 15, 2006. The United States and European nations will continue to work together closely to advance freedom, security and democracy in “far-flung” regions well beyond the traditional borders of Europe, a senior U.S. diplomat says, previewing U.S.-European relations for 2007. The Bush administration also looks forward to Germany’s six-month presidency of the European Union, beginning in January 2007, as well as Germany’s yearlong presidency of the G8 in 2007, he said. Daniel Fried, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, met with reporters December 12 at the State Department to discuss trans-Atlantic cooperation in Afghanistan and Iraq, the status of the Kosovo province of Serbia, U.S. relations with Russia and other issues.

United States Remains Committed to Open Skies Agreement with EU
December 6, 2006. Despite withdrawing a proposal for increased international investment in U.S. airlines, the United States "remains fully committed" to signing an Open Skies agreement with the European Union (EU), State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said December 6. The agreement, which would allow the aviation industry to deregulate and become more market-based, creates a "win-win" situation "for consumers, airlines and communities on both sides of the Atlantic," McCormack said.