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Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai's Meeting with European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade Chair Bernd Lange and Vice-Chair Kumpula-Natri

07/22/2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Chair Bernd Lange and the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the United States Vice-Chair Miapetra Kumpula-Natri. Ambassador Tai and Chair Lange previously met in-person last month in Brussels during the U.S.-European Union Summit.
 
Ambassador Tai, Chair Lange, and Vice-Chair Kumpula-Natri discussed ongoing issues related to transatlantic trade, including the WTO’s upcoming Ministerial Conference and addressing overcapacity in the steel and aluminum sector.  They talked about how the United States and the EU can work together to address the challenges posed by China and other non-market actors.  
 
Ambassador Tai provided an update on the Trade and Technology Council, which was announced during the U.S.-EU Summit.  Ambassador Tai emphasized her optimism that the TTC can help strengthen transatlantic cooperation and address critical issues facing the international trade system and global technology sector. Finally, the leaders discussed the need to collaborate to address issues in the digital economy – and how they can ensure their shared democratic values are reflected in policy solutions.
 
Ambassador Tai, Chair Lange, and Vice-Chair Kumpula-Natri agreed on the importance of a strong transatlantic trade relationship and committed to continuing an open dialogue moving forward.

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