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Vice-President Reding's first official visit to Washington D.C.

Vice-President Viviane Reding and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. - 8 July 2010   © US-DHS

Viviane Reding is travelling to Washington D.C. (8-9 July) to reinforce EU-US relations. She will meet Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland and Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss the future EU-US Data Protection agreement. The sharing of data to help prevent and fight crime across both sides of the Atlantic requires mutual trust and a stable foundation for law enforcement. The EU's Justice Commissioner will also meet officials from the Federal Trade Commission to explore how the development of common standards could help boost transatlantic business opportunities and trade. The development of an optional European contract law, inspired by the US Uniform Commercial Code or helping the creation of a lead market for goods and services for people with disabilities – inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act – will also figure high on the agenda. Vice-President Reding will use this important visit to introduce the new head of her Justice Department – Director - General Françoise Le Bail, who will play a key role in negotiating the future EU-US data protection agreement.