Europe & Middle East

USTR's Office of Europe & the Middle East Affairs coordinates policy towards and manages bilateral trade relations with the European Union (and its Member States), non-EU European countries, Russia and its neighbors, and the Middle East (including the northern tier of Africa).

Prominent current responsibilities include: managing US-EU trade relations to promote shared interests while addressing chronic and emerging EU barriers to U.S. exports; developing stronger trade and investment relations in the Middle East/North Africa region to advance broader U.S. strategic and commercial policy objectives, including through implementation of a number of bilateral free trade agreements; and working with Russia and a number of surrounding countries to resolve trade irritants and foster a commercial policy grounded in the rule of law.

Notably, USTR co-chairs the U.S.-E.U. Trade and Technology Council to expand and deepen transatlantic trade. Read more about it here.