PRAGUE – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis ahead of the informal trade meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
Ambassador Tai underscored the United States’ commitment to pursuing a high-ambition global arrangement with the European Union in order to address carbon intensity and overcapacity in the steel and aluminum industries. The United States and European Union announced the start of negotiations on this arrangement in October 2021.
They also discussed the upcoming U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Ministers’ meeting on December 5, including specific initiatives under the Global Trade Challenges Working Group, and the importance of achieving results in the TTC. They agreed to continue work to address common challenges in the civil aviation sector.
Ambassador Tai also raised the importance of U.S.-EU cooperation in addressing economic coercion and the harm it causes to citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, Ambassador Tai and Executive Vice President Dombrovskis discussed the newly-created U.S.-EU Task Force on the Inflation Reduction Act to promote a deeper understanding of the law and its investments in clean energy technology.