On the Chemical Attack in Douma

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2018 We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including ...
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State Department Press Release: Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury ...
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Press Releases: Peaceful Protests in Iran

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2017 We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As ...
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The United States and the European Union Agree to Expand Cooperation In the areas of Aviation Safety and Air Traffic Management Modernization

U.S.  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization.
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FDA takes unprecedented step toward more efficient global pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections

October 31, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined the agency will recognize eight European drug regulatory authorities as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. The eight regulatory authorities found to be capable are those located in: Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and the United ...
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CFTC Comparability Determination on EU Margin Requirements and a Common Approach on Trading Venues

Friday, October 13, 2017 – Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo today announced determinations by the CFTC and the European Commission (EC) on comparability and equivalence of margin requirements for uncleared swaps, as well as a common approach regarding certain CFTC and European Union (EU) authorized derivatives ...
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Treasury, USTR Sign Covered Agreement on Prudential Insurance and Reinsurance Measures with the European Union

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today (September 22) signed a covered agreement (the Agreement) on prudential insurance and reinsurance measures with the European Union (EU).  Treasury and USTR also jointly issued a policy statement clarifying how the United States views implementation of certain provisions of ...
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Joint Press Statement from Secretary Ross and Commissioner Jourova on the Privacy Shield Review

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 This week, officials from across the United States Government, the European Commission, and EU data protection authorities gathered in Washington, DC to conduct the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework established in 2016. This first annual review marks an important milestone for the Framework and for U.S.-EU cooperation ...
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United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travels to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017   United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians. On July 24, ...
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Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Open Skies Policy and 10th Anniversary of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement

Today the United States and the European Union (EU) mark the 25th anniversary of the first U.S. Open Skies agreement, with the Netherlands and the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-European Union Open Skies Agreement.
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Joint EU-U.S. press statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

The European Union and United States of America underlined the critical importance of their cooperation in the area of Justice and Home Affairs and the need to sustain and deepen cooperation while facing shared security challenges, for the benefit of the security of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.
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United States Statement on Trade for the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (June 6, 2017)

Paris – The United States released the following statement on trade policy in response to the Chair’s Statement and alongside the Consensus Statement of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting: “The United States believes that free and fair trade and international investment can lead to economic growth and job creation.  ...
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Readout of USTR Robert Lighthizer’s Meeting with the European Union Commissioner

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström held a cordial first meeting while attending the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. They underscored their shared interest for strengthening the U.S.-EU trade and economic relationship and addressing mutual global trade concerns.
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On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan (June 6, 2017)

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 6, 2017 Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central ...
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Press Release: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton to Travel to Brussels (May 26, 2017)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 26, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Susan Thornton and Ambassador Joe Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with European counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the East Asia and ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with European Union Leaders

May 25, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met May 25th in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The leaders reaffirmed the strong bond between the United States and Europe, anchored in shared values and longstanding friendship. The leaders discussed the United States’ and the European Union’s shared challenges ...
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Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (May 15, 2017)

(Image AP) The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release May 15, 2017 Remarks by the Vice President and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer at a Swearing-in Ceremony The Indian Treaty Room 3:42 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Senator.  And to all of our honored guests, good afternoon. On behalf of the President of the United States, today it will be my great privilege ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (May 10, 2017)

Readout, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, May 10, 2017  (Image AP) The below is attributable to Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance of defeating ISIS, de-escalating the violence in ...
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Press Release by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Europe Day (May 9, 2017)

Press Statement, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington DC, May 9, 2017 In honor of Europe Day, I join all Americans in offering our best wishes to the citizens of the European Union. The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ties, and mutual commitment to addressing global challenges. The United States deeply appreciates ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at the Foreign Affairs Day Memorial Plaque Ceremony (May 5, 2017)

Remarks, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 5, 2017  (Image AP) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Barbara. I also want to thank our Armed Forces Color Guard for the presentation of the color, and obviously, for their service to our country. And I would say I was surprised and delighted to see one of my staff, Katie Nutt, singing the national anthem, but she did ...
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Press Release: Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2017)

Press Release, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270607.htm Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Poland’s Constitution Day (May 2, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270585.htm Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Poland on the 226th anniversary of your historic constitution. The United States and Poland are close friends, and our partnership continues to strengthen. We share democratic values, strong cultural and ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

  Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 26, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270464.htm Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day (April 24, 2017)

Press Statement, Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270416.htm Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Press Releases: Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine (Apr. 23, 2017)

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner , Acting Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 23, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270397.htm The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability (April 19, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270341.htm Press Availability, Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, Treaty Room, Washington, DC, April 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at ...
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Department of State Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Apr 19, 2017)

https://useu.usmission.gov/wp-admin/post-new.php (Image AP) Notice to the Press, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 19, 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom HaShoah in Hebrew – marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This year, Yom HaShoah will be observed in the United States on April 24, which corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability (Apr 12, 2017)

Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270136.htm FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation (April 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/269632.htm QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, John, I think that the President was quite clear in his statement that he ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week (Apr 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/ QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, George, I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority, ...
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Press Releases: Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon Travel to Brussels and Rome

Press Releases: Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon Travel to Brussels and Rome Office of the Spokesperson, Washington D.C., April 4, 2017 Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon , Under Secretary for Political Affairs, will travel to Brussels on April 5 to participate in the conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.” The Conference is co-chaired by the European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations. ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (March 30, 2017)

    Ankara, Turkey, March 30, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (In progress) Minister Cavusoglu, and I am privileged to be visiting Turkey today, a NATO ally and a friend of the United States in a very turbulent part of the world. I met with President Erdogan and the foreign minister to convey President Trump’s commitment to strengthening ...
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Press Release: Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Ankara and Brussels (March 24, 2017)

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, Department of State, Washington, DC, March 24, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Ankara, Turkey, on March 30, to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish government officials, continuing the United States’ high-level engagement with our NATO Ally. Secretary Tillerson will ...
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Readout of Vice president Mike Pence’s Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini (Mar 22, 2017)

  READOUT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT’S MEETING WITH EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE AND VICE PRESIDENT FEDERICA MOGHERINI The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and ...
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Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum̶

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, March 16, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted ...
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State Department Press Release: International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017)

Press Releases: International Women’s Day     Mark C. Toner , Acting Spokesperson, March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world. We have seen firsthand the benefits of women’s empowerment—politically, economically, and socially. ...
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Statement From U.S. Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross on International Trade in Goods and Services in January 2017 (Mar 07, 2017)

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Mar 07, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement today on the release of the January 2017 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services monthly data. The trade deficit in January stood at $48.5 billion, a 9.6 percent increase from December. U.S. imports of goods and services increased ...
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FDA News Release: Mutual Recognition promises new framework for pharmaceutical inspections for United States and European Union

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm544357.htm The United States and the European Union (EU) completed an exchange of letters to amend the Pharmaceutical Annex to the 1998 U.S.-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. Under this agreement, U.S. and EU regulators will be able to utilize each other’s good manufacturing practice inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. The amended agreement ‎represents the culmination of nearly ...
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Tillerson: On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress (March 1, 2017)

Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/03/268088.htm As the President laid out in his address to Congress , the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where ...
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Remarks by the Vice President and European Council President Tusk (Feb 20, 2017)

Remarks by the Vice President and European Council President Tusk, Brussels, Belgium, Feb 20, 2017 https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/20/remarks-vice-president-and-european-council-president-tusk PRESIDENT TUSK:  Mr. Vice President, dear friends, let me first of all thank you for this meeting.  We all truly needed it. Too much has happened over the past month and in your country and you; too many new and ...
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Press Release: U.S. and EU Sign Implementing Arrangement on Horizon 2020

Press Statement Brussels, Belgium, October 17, 2016 USEU Public Affairs Office On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Gardner, and the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, signed an Implementing Arrangement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Commission to enhance transatlantic cooperation ...
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Press Release: Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan

Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 5, 2016 The following is the text of a joint communique issued by the 75 countries and over 22 international organizations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The Brussels Conference was opened by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ...
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Press Release: DHS and Slovak Republic sign agreement to provide information on the travel of convicted child sex offenders

Bratislava, September 22, 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin and the Head of Office of the Minister of the Interior of the Slovak Republic Dušana Višňovská officially signed an agreement on September 22 in Bratislava to provide information on the travel of convicted child sex offenders between the ...
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Press Release: Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (July 12, 2016)

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined European Union Commissioner Věra Jourová to announce the approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Framework is a milestone achievement that will provide strong data privacy and facilitate more trade and job creating investments in both the U.S. and Europe. Read her Remarks
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Press Release: U.S. Power Africa Initiative Pledges $10 Million Support for European Union Electrification Financing Initiative (June 15, 2016)

BRUSSELS – The United States is providing $10 million through its Power Africa initiative to support for the European Union Electrification Financing Initiative, or “ElectriFI”. United States Agency for International Development Associate Administrator Eric Postel and a representative of the European Commission signed an agreement launching the initiative today at European Development Days. The agreement ...
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European Union and United States Convene Fourth CBRN Risk Mitigation Strategic Dialogue

On February 19, the European Union and the United States conducted the fourth Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. The dialogue, which was led on the EU side by Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention (EEAS) and Adriaan Van Der Meer, Head of Unit for Stability, Security, ...
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Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered the following statement on the completion of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield. “This historic agreement is a major achievement for privacy and for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. It provides certainty that will help grow the digital economy by ensuring that thousands of European and ...
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EUCOM News: “EU and EUCOM expand cooperation, information sharing to boost security”

MONS, Belgium – In an effort to increase cooperation and enhance security, European Union Military Staff (EUMS) director general, Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe and United States European Command (EUCOM) commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove signed an administrative arrangement today in Mons, Belgium to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations. The formal agreement described the primary roles and ...
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United States and European Commission Announce Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants

Grants Will Further Exchange between U.S. and EU Citizens on Innovation Policy and Technology On October 19th, Ambassador Anthony Gardner announced the creation of a new joint initiative by the United States and the European Commission, the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants, under the auspices of the Fulbright-Schuman program.  In his remarks at the College of Europe’s ...
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USTR Concerned by EU GMO Proposal

USTR Expresses Concern over EU Proposal to Allow Member States to Ban the Use of GE Food and Feed Deemed Safe by EU Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today expressed disappointment at the new proposal by the European Commission to amend legislation on its genetically-engineered (GE) food and feed approval process ...
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U.S. Grant Supports European Database on Asylum Law

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Mission to the European Union are pleased to announce a grant of $24,820 to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles ( ECRE ) to support the operation of its European Database on Asylum Law ( EDAL ). ECRE’s mission is to promote the ...
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Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum I wish to express on behalf of the United States of America the shock and sadness we feel learning of the shooting yesterday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, as well as of Belgium. We are outraged by this senseless ...
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U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels

President Obama was in Brussels on March 26, 2014, for the U.S.-EU Summit, a press conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and a speech on transatlantic relations . The joint U.S.-EU summit statement reaffirmed the “strong partnership” between the European Union and the United States, and addressed a number of issues, most notably the crisis in ...
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Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online

U.S.-EU Joint Statement The EU and the US, at their ministerial meeting on 20 and 21 June 2012, have agreed to enhance efforts against child sexual abuse online.  Such abuse includes the distribution and trade of child pornography via the Internet, and the resulting, continuing harm to the victims depicted.  We call upon governments around ...
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President Prodi met with TPN members to discuss Transatlantic Partnership

Below is a press release issued by the European Commission: IP/04/218 A group of political members of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) met today with President Romano Prodi to present TPN’s recently published set of recommendations to strengthen Transatlantic partnership (footnote). The TPN group included Members of European Parliament Elmar Brok, James Elles and Erika ...
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U.S., EU Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Ties

The U.S. and the EU celebrated 50 years of diplomatic ties in Brussels on November 25, 2003, and on May 6, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Below is a summary of the events: Brussels, Belgium, November 25, 2003 U.S. Ambassador to the EU Rockwell Schnabel opening the symposium on 50 years of U.S.-EU Relations. On the ...
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