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The EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) ‘Track 2’ project

The European Policy Centre has teamed up with the Atlantic Council (Europe Centre) to run an independent “Track 2” dialogue on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC). This project aims to advance the stakeholder engagement envisioned for the TTC and input towards its development and outcomes. 

The launch of the TTC represented a significant reset of transatlantic relations, with the two sides committing to revamp their bilateral economic agenda after the Trump era. The TTC’s stated objectives cover a wide range of areas for transatlantic convergence, from trade and investment to innovation, standards and emerging technologies. As seen in the Paris ministerial meeting Joint Statement on 16 May 2022, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given new urgency to the partnership. In the context of growing geopolitical and geoeconomic tensions, the TTC is also a response to the rise of China as a trade and technological power and the need to defend democratic values.

The use of the TTC as a cooperation framework is only in its initial stages but promises to be, US and EU politics allowing, a structuring endeavour for years to come. The EPC-Atlantic Council ‘Track 2’ project provides a critical link between relevant actors, such as businesses, advocacy NGOs, trade unions, think tanks, and independent experts from both sides of the Atlantic and EU and US authorities. The project is divided into three workstreams (i) Trade and Supply Chains, (ii) Green Transition, (iii) Data and Technology Regulation. Under each workstream, closed-door roundtables and public events feed into policy briefs containing concrete recommendations for US and EU decision-makers.


PARTNERS

Publications

Transatlantic affairs / EPC ROUND-UP
Searching for economic security in an age of confrontation: The Trade and Technology Council takes shape
By Annika Hedberg , Guillaume Van der Loo , Frederico Mollet , Georg Riekeles , Andrea G. Rodríguez , Simon Dekeyrel , Evin Jongen-Fay - 19/05/2022

team

Associate Director and Head of Europe's Political Economy programme
Expertise:
International negotiations, trade, EU’s international role, security and defense, single market, digital policies, EU governance and interinstitutional relations, future of Europe
Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme
Expertise:

Climate, energy, environment, EU budget, sustainable EU, circular economy, smarter use of resources, agriculture, Industrial transformation,  transport


Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU economic governance, banking and financial policy, energy policy, industrial policy, the single market, politics and economics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Lead Digital Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU digital policy, artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum computing and communications, space policy, NATO digital policy, transatlantic relations
Junior Policy Analyst
Expertise:

Single market, Economic and Monetary Union, international trade, EU trade policy



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