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U.S. Mission to the European Union is the direct link between the U.S. Government and the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Once focused primarily on the trade and economic aspects of the transatlantic relationship, the Mission has evolved the EU as it has taken on new political, judicial, foreign policy, and defense responsibilities. Staff of the U.S. Mission to the EU (USEU) includes representatives from the Department of State (Political, Economic and Public Affairs Sections), the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense DoD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID).
Below, you can find a full list of the USEU Sections and Offices, including a brief description
Defense Attache Office (DAO)
The United States Defense Attaché Office (DAO) performs representational functions on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the U.S. Military Services and the Commander of European Command. The Defense Attaché at the American Embassy, Brussels, is Colonel Peter J. Scammell.
The pages at this DAO website are intended to answer general inquiries regarding the tracing of former and current United States military personnel and enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, and are intended for those making such inquiries from the Kingdom of Belgium. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is current, DAO Brussels accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies which may occur.
Department of Agriculture
Foreign Agricultural Service: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture agency. FAS/USEU represents the interests of U.S. farmers and the U.S. food and agricultural sector in the European Union. Our main mission is to improve market access for U.S. products and provide information to U.S. exporters on how to comply with EU rules. FAS participates in U.S. agricultural trade formulation with the purpose of opening, maintaining and increasing EU markets for U.S. food and agricultural products. This includes negotiations to reduce and eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. Our website www.usda-eu.org provides information on EU regulatory actions that may affect U.S. agricultural exports, trade policy and commodity analysis, EU import requirements, key players in EU decision-making procedures and much more.
Department of Commerce: Foreign Commercial Service (FCS)
There are more than 500 million consumers in the European Union’s 28 Member States. The U.S. Commercial Service at the United States Mission to the European Union is uniquely positioned to support your company’s efforts to meet this market’s challenges and seize its opportunities. As European Union Member States harmonize their regulations and increase their economic integration, a direct connection to the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union can be the key to success in the European marketplace. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide.
Find out more about the Foreign Commercial Service at USEU
Click here for the latest edition of the EU Country Commercial Guide. Prepared annually by US Mission Staff, Country Commercial Guides contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business and foreign investments.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security Attaché Office to the European Union creates policies, enforcement opportunities and concrete cooperative agreements to protect the national security and public safety of the United States, while assisting European partners with internal public security. The increase in deadly terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Europe, coupled with the flow of foreign terrorist fighters from EU countries to battlefields in Syria and Iraq, require ongoing information sharing by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as appropriate. Working with Europol, the European police agency, as well as policy makers in Brussels, the DHS Attaché develops policies that facilitate cooperation and joint action. The office works with the European Union institutions on issues of cybersecurity, illegal immigration, intellectual property rights protection, investigating the sexual exploitation of children, continuation of the Visa Waiver Program, as well as matters related to ensuring the integrity from criminal exploitation of systems involving trade, travel and finance.
Department of the Treasury
The Europe and Eurasia depurate covers more than 50 economies from Reykjavik to Vladivostok and a dynamic array of macroeconomic, financial, and political issues. The combination of a tentative and imbalanced recovery from the euro area crisis, geopolitical tensions, and a vigorous G-20 process that requires active diplomacy with European counterparts presents this office with a daily set of challenges that capture the focus of high-level policy officials across the U.S. government. Our priorities currently include: supporting the economic recovery in Ukraine, countering Russian aggression, and analyzing potential channels of contagion; continuing engagement in and analysis of vulnerabilities associated with Europe’s weak growth outlook, debt overhangs, and risk of deflation; monitoring tail risks, particularly in Greece; and deepening our analysis of the longer-term challenges facing the currency union and the various institutional and country reforms needed to promote its sustainability. In addition, we continue to broaden our expertise and engagement in Eastern Europe and in Central Asia, where we are launching the next stage of several small business finance and development initiatives with the EBRD.
The European Union (EU) is the United States’ largest trading partner and our largest investment partner. Together the U.S. and EU account for 55% of the world’s GDP and nearly 40% of global trade. The United States Government works closely with the various institutions that make up the European Union to facilitate and expand transatlantic trade and investment. We also coordinate closely – through the Transatlantic Economic Framework and numerous other channels – on critical issues including climate change, energy security, regulatory cooperation, sanctions, and multilateral trade negotiations.
Economic Section at the U.S. Mission to the EU
The Economic Section at the U.S. Mission to the EU is responsible for day-to-day coordination with EU institutions on economic affairs. This includes sustained engagement with 18 of the EU’s 28 Commissioners; with 21 Commission Directorates General; with 17 Committees of the European Parliament; and regularly with the officials that deal with these issues in the permanent representations of the 28 EU member states. It also requires frequent contact with the nearly 400 U.S. companies and trade associations represented in Brussels. And, most important, it requires working closely with our Embassies in the 28 EU countries — while policy decisions are increasingly made in Brussels, they are still very much made by the governments of the member states. The Section is likewise in regular contact with virtually every U.S. government agency, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to the Federal Reserve.
The Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs leads the Economic Section and is the primary advisor to the Ambassador and U.S. officials in Washington on U.S.-EU economic issues.
The Section’s staff is composed of representatives from the:
Department of the Treasury
Food and Drug Administration
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
The Economic Minister-Counselor also coordinates the work of other U.S. Government economic agencies assigned to the Mission, including the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) international mission is to increase the safety and efficiency of the global civil aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner by improving regulatory oversight and harmonization and promoting a seamless, global air traffic management system.
The FAA’s Europe, Africa, and Middle East Office, headquartered in Brussels, oversees the responsibilities of the FAA in over 120 countries. The office manages 5 satellite offices and a Washington based staff, working in conjunction with U.S. diplomatic missions, foreign governments and their aviation authorities, the institutions of the European Union, air navigation service providers and the U.S. and foreign aerospace industry in order to fulfill the international aviation goals of the United States.
The FAA Office in Brussels has staff from the International Office, the Air Traffic Organization, and the Airworthiness and Flight Standards Offices.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Europe Office: The mission of FDA’s Europe’s Office is to strengthen the safety, quality, and effectiveness of medical products and food produced in Europe for export to the United States. The objective of the Europe Office is to foster collaboration and to share knowledge and information with FDA’s counterpart regulatory authorities throughout the region, both directly and through their Embassies in Washington DC. Europe Office staff are located at the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, at the EMA in London, United Kingdom, and at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, located in Brussels, Belgium.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
The U.S.-EU economic relationship is the world’s largest, accounting for one third of total goods and services trade and nearly half of global economic output. In 2015, the trading volume between the United States and EU amounted to €620 billion, the largest between any two partners worldwide, and transatlantic investment is directly responsible for roughly 6.8 million jobs [2010 estimate]. This enormous volume of transatlantic trade and investment promotes economic prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic and in the dozens of other countries that trade with the transatlantic partners. The United States and the EU continue to pursue initiatives to create new opportunities for transatlantic commerce, including most recently the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). T-TIP is an ambitious, comprehensive, and high-standard trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union (EU).
Political, Security and Global Issues
The U.S. coordinates closely with the EU on foreign affairs, which spans a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caucasus, international development, food security, humanitarian assistance, immigration and border security, data protection, counter-terrorism, visa policy, and EU enlargement.
Political Section at the U.S. Mission to the EU
The Political Section at the U.S. Mission to the EU is responsible for the relationship between the U.S. and the EU regarding foreign and many inter-institutional affairs.
This section is composed of the following units and agencies:
Political – Military Affairs Unit
Consular Affairs Unit
Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Unit
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Representative
Department of Defense (DOD) Representative
Also addressing justice, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism issues at the U.S. Mission to the EU are the:
Department of Justice (DOJ) Representative
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Representative
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Representative
The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Mission (USEU PA) directs the Mission’s communications programs, which aim to build understanding between our governments and people and lead to a stronger transatlantic relationship.
USEU PA is divided into the Press and Information Unit and the Programs and Exchanges Unit. The two sections work to inform and engage European audiences in discussion about U.S. policies, U.S. society, and U.S.-EU cooperation on a global agenda.
- The Press and Information Unit organizes interviews, briefings and press conferences on current policy areas, ranging broadly from the transatlantic market, climate change, energy security, and the global economic crisis to non-proliferation, peace and security in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and other regions, and development and foreign assistance. The Press and Information Unit organizes media opportunities for USEU officials and visiting U.S. Government officials and other U.S. experts. The office also leads the Mission’s broad outreach on social media, using the newest technology to foster dialogue on U.S. policy positions with European audiences.
- The Programs and Exchanges Unit develops programs and conferences with EU and Brussels-based think tanks and NGOs on the full range of policy and societal issues of mutual interest to Europe and the United States. The Office also manages the State Department’s professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership program, and works with the EU Commission through the Fulbright Commission to support the Fulbright-Schuman exchange for academics and professionals studying the EU and U.S.-EU relations.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The United States and the European Union and its member states provide over 80% of the world’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Cooperation in development and humanitarian assistance is vital to fostering economic growth, improving food security, and saving lives in the developing world and in conflict zones.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Present in over 100 countries, USAID promotes broadly shared economic prosperity, strengthens democracy and good governance, improves global health, furthers education, helps countries prevent and recover from conflicts and provides humanitarian assistance when natural and man-made disasters strike.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Mission’s IP Attaché office strives to improve intellectual property (IP) systems internationally for the benefit of U.S. stakeholders by addressing IP issues arising in the region.
The IP attaché office is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses understand and address IP challenges and issues they may face in foreign markets. IP attaché office services are designed to provide them with the information they need to:
- navigate foreign IP laws and regulations,
- work with foreign courts and governments on IP matters, and
- develop strategies and solutions for protecting and enforcing IP abroad.
USEU’s IP Attaché is Rachel Bae. For more information about the IP Attaché program, please visit the USPTO website.
United States - European Media Hub
The U.S. State Department’s U.S.-European Media Hub promotes transatlantic relations by connecting U.S. policy makers and experts with European radio and television broadcasters.
Our goal is to help media organizations in Europe gain access to policymakers throughout the U.S. government for interviews on timely topics. We aim to connect U.S. policy voices and perspectives with European publics through media engagement. As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Media Engagement, we work hand in hand with the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Mission to the European Union and with Public Affairs Offices at U.S. Embassies throughout Europe.
U.S. – European Media Hub Offers Services for Journalists
Broadcast studio facilities to conduct live or taped TV and radio interviews with U.S. policymakers, in a variety of formats or resolutions and with satellite and file transfer capability. Broadcast-quality interviews with U.S. policymakers available for use on DVIDS.
Many of our video products are also available on our YouTube channel.
Telephone interviews or video conferences with U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C., or traveling in the region. Simply contact us with suggestions.
Please note that all of our services are free of charge.