Challenges and Opportunities for US-EU
BSSB.BE Hudson Institute 15/02/2019
* A network of EU centres in the USA In 1998, the Commission launched an ambitious initiative to establish a network of EU centres in American universities providing information and education about the European Union.
The objectives of the EU centres are to increase awareness in the USA about the political, economic and cultural importance of the transatlantic relationship, to promote greater understanding in the United States of the European Union and its policies, and to disseminate information and publicise EU views on issues of transatlantic interest within regional communities.
The Commission now supports 10 such ‘European Union centres of excellence’ in universities across the USA in recognition of the high quality, variety and depth of their EU studies activities, which promote the study of the EU and EU–US relations through teaching programmes, scholarly research and outreach activities in their local and regional communities.
Transatlantic dialogue and civil society As well as government-to-government dialogue on themes such as employment and health policy, we have promoted initiatives which bring together actors from the non-governmental, corporate, labour and non-profit sectors to discuss issues of common concern.
- Transatlantic conferences have been organised to address issues such as health and safety, biotechnology, consumer issues, international labour standards, work organisation, and the role of new technologies in promoting the role of disabled people in the workplace. We have also encouraged contacts between trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Listening to the business community and consumers A significant success in our efforts to build bridges between communities on both sides of the Atlantic is the transatlantic business dialogue (TABD). Launched in Seville in November 1995 by the European Commission and the US government, the TABD is now a business-driven process whereby business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic develop joint policy recommendations. Its aim is to boost transatlantic trade and investment opportunities by removing obstacles to the efficient conduct of international business.
- Each year the TABD brings together over 100 EU and US business leaders and high-level representatives of the European Commission and the US Administration in a two-day conference which provides substantial input to governments on a number of, mainly trade-related, areas. TABD is currently focusing on six ‘priority issues’ — regulatory cooperation, intellectual property rights, capital markets, trade and security, innovation and the WTO Doha round. The Transatlantic Consumers’ Dialogue (TACD) which was launched in September 1998 contributes to the dialogs between EU and US authorities by transmitting consumers’ views on policy issues of interest on both sides of the Atlantic.
Links between our legislators The European Parliament brings together the democratically elected representatives of the European Union’s 455 million citizens, whilst the US Senate and House of Representatives legislate on behalf of 291 million Americans. It is vital to the success of our common agenda that our legislators participate fully in shaping it. Working together, they can promote mutual understanding and seek solutions to common problems.
Members of the European Parliament and the US Congress meet regularly to exchange views on a wide range of issues relating to the new transatlantic agenda. For many years the EP/US Congress inter-parliamentary meeting has been one of the most relevant tools for discussion between legislators across the Atlantic.
Parliament and Congress are also involved in exchanges of staff and the secondment of young diplomats. The launching of the transatlantic legislators’ dialogue (TLD) in January 1999 has provided a new impulse to relations between elected representatives. The TLD aims to strengthen and enhance interparliamentary relations, and its membership includes key legislators from both sides of the Atlantic.
Prospects for the future of transatlantic relations Alongside these elements of coordination and cooperation, our dialogue structures provide us with a framework within which we can address our differences constructively. A partnership does not exclude tough talking on difficult issues. The strength of our relationship means that even thorny subjects such as climate change and differences over the application of international humanitarian law, the USA’s extraterritorial legislation, or the different approaches to consumer protection on questions such as genetically modified food do not prevent progress in other areas. The ultimate goal is to optimise our partnership, making it even more fruitful and mutually beneficial, to increase prosperity and well-being on both sides of the Atlantic, and to enable the EU and the USA to contribute to increased security, stability and prosperity at global level.
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