Our first event of September featured Kate Kalutkiewicz, the Senior Trade Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, who spoke on “Current State of Play: EU-US Trade Deals Moving Forward”.
A number of topical issues were discussed during the briefing, from the current EU-US trade relations to the evolution of the dialogue, and trade relations with China and the WTO reform. The Q&A that followed was very interesting for our members, who asked for detailed answers on specific topics.
The EU and the US enjoy the most integrated economic relationship in the world, with the biggest bilateral trade and investment relationship. Despite some recent developments, such as an aborted attempt to impose tariffs on certain goods between the two blocs, the positive environment in which the EU and the US are currently working was emphasised during the briefing, as well as the desire of the US to work closely and constructively with the European Commission.
Many topics and trade sectors were touched upon during this lunch briefing, including cyber security, pharmaceuticals and digital trade. A special emphasis was put on China and the current state of trade relations with the US, as an increasing threat of a trade war looms between both countries. An informative overview of the evolution of the dialogue that the US holds with China was discussed, putting into context the current challenges as well as the prospects that the US face.
The question of the WTO and its possible reform was also tackled during the briefing. In addition, the US' priorities and common areas of interest with the EU (and other key partners) were discussed.
Some topical issues were touched upon during the Q&A, including, amongst others, the reform of the Dispute Settlement System in the WTO and the view of the US on the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA). More specific trade sectors were also examined, such as chemicals, aluminium or car companies’ regulations.
A senior associate of a member company, who wished to remain anonymous, found the event greatly informative and useful for his work: “This specific event was indeed useful for my work, given that inside the company, I lead on EU trade – having the latest on the Executive Group meeting, and on the views from the US side on WTO was extremely helpful.”
Senior Trade Representative | U.S. Mission to the European Union
Kate Kalutkiewicz has served as the Senior Trade Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union since April 2016. She was previously USTR’s Director for European Affairs, where she served as Associate Chief Negotiator for the United States in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. From 2007 to 2011, Mrs. Kalutkiewicz was Director for Brazil and the Southern Cone at USTR. She was the lead U.S. negotiator for the U.S.-Brazil Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, and was a key negotiator of the U.S.-Brazil Cotton Framework Agreement. From 2003 to 2007, she worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator James Talent of Missouri, where she specialized in trade and customs issues, foreign policy, and the judiciary. Mrs. Kalutkiewicz has a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married and has three children.