Trade & TTIP Related

Economic analysis confirms significant gains from EU-US industrial tariff agreement

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

An economic analysis by the European Commission shows that a targeted EU-US agreement eliminating tariffs on industrial goods would increase EU exports to the US by 8% and US exports to the EU by 9% by 2033. This corresponds to additional gains of €27 billion and €26 billion in EU and US exports respectively. The […]

Switzerland and the UK sign trade agreement

Friday, February 15th, 2019

The continuation of economic and trade relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) is assured. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the British Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, signed a bilateral trade agreement in Bern on 11 February. The trade agreement signed today by […]

President Trump Comments on Trade in State of the Union Address

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

In his second State of the Union address to Congress, President Donald Trump noted that he campaigned on several core promises, including “to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers.” He argued that his administration has “moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over […]

EU-U.S. trade talks: European Commission publishes progress report

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Brussels, 30 January 2019 The European Commission has today published a report on the implementation of the 25 July 2018 Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump. In line with the Commission’s commitment to transparency, the report provides a detailed overview on the state of play of the talks so far. The document was […]

EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods. These negotiations follow the Joint Statement agreed by President Juncker and President Trump last July.  As part of its commitment to transparency, the European Commission […]

EU Trade Commissioner Visits Washington DC. Read her Speech About the Current International Trade Landscape.

Friday, January 11th, 2019

This week (January 7th-13th), EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. about the current international trade landscape. In her speech, Malmström pointed out the importance of reforming the WTO, in order to maintain the effectiveness of the system. “International trade without the WTO would be anarchic. Countries would be […]

EU statement at the Trade Policy Review of the United States

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Geneva, 17/12/2018 – 13:27, UNIQUE ID: 181217_10 | Statements on behalf of the EU Chair, At the last Trade Policy Review of the United States two years ago, a month before President Trump was sworn into office, I ended the EU statement with the hope that the protectionist rhetoric would end once the President-elect had […]

EU and US Sanctions: Which Sovereignty?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

This text is the outcome of a workshop with MARIEHÉLÈNE BÉRARD, investment banker, FARID FATAH, Ph.D. candidate in Law, PASCAL LAMY, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, LOUIS SCHWEITZER, Honorary Chairman of Renault, and PIERRE VIMONT, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe. If one accepts Jean-Claude Juncker’s last State of the Union speech in September […]

Vulcan View: Week of October 22

Friday, October 26th, 2018

BREXIT    Theresa May once again wards off Tory rebels on Brexit    Theresa May addressed her conservative party backbenchers at the weekly meeting of the 1922 Committee on Wednesday, where she made an impassioned speech that appears to have placated some of her critics, at least for now. Mrs May asked to speak at […]

Euro 2.0: Past, Present, and Future of Euro Area Integration, Opening Remarks by Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

“The Euro at 20 Conference” — Dublin, Ireland June 25, 2018 As prepared for delivery Introduction Thank you, Philip, for that very kind introduction. It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to “The Euro at 20” conference jointly organized by the Central Bank of Ireland and the IMF. We meet at a moment […]