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International Issues

Bilateral relations - USA

The USA is an important and long-standing  partner of the EU on many global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues and in many international environmental forums and agreements. 

There is frequent working and expert-level contact between DG Environment and US counterparts: in particular with the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a wide range of issues.

A formal EU-US High Level Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development was launched in 2006 and held meetings in 2006-2008 focused on climate negotiations.  It has not met since 2009 and is now in abeyance.  Nevertheless informal high-level contacts have continued on a regular and productive basis since then.

DG Environment participates in the EU-US Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which was set up in 2007 with a view to resolving regulatory barriers to transatlantic trade.  The TEC meets once a year. Among the main issues addressed have been REACH, raw materials (including waste recycling and shipment) and nanotechnology.  We also work with the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, a coalition of US and EU CEOs set up in 1995, which advises the TEC.  The Director-General for Environment Karl Falkenberg and DG Environment experts participated in a major Conference organized by the Business Dialogue on recycling of used electronics (Washington, October 2012).

EEAS: USA webpage