Readout of Ambassador Tai's Meeting with Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck

March 01, 2022

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck.  Ambassador Tai and Minister Habeck discussed shared interests in defending our workers, businesses, and the environment from the harmful effects of non-market policies and practices.  They exchanged views on the initiative by the United States and the European Union to re-establish historic transatlantic trade flows in steel and aluminum and develop a global arrangement to address carbon intensity and global non-market excess capacity.
They also discussed the need for cooperative efforts to achieve concrete outcomes in the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council, including with respect to support for climate goals, as well as the importance of our working together to face the challenges of non-market economic policies and practices.  They talked about opportunities for the U.S. and Germany to leverage trade policy to support workers in both countries, protect the environment, and promote more resilient supply chains.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Habeck also discussed the united global response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and continued support for the Ukrainian people as they defend their country.