24 May 2022

CEPS takes the lead on the EU-US Trade and Technology Dialogue


CEPS is delighted to announce the launch of the Trade and Technology Dialogue, a three-year project to support the activities of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC). The Consortium, led by CEPS’ GRID Unit, will establish a Trade and Technology Dialogue, which will mobilise experts and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic to support the work of the TTC. It will do this by organising events and drafting research reports with a view to facilitating the adoption of shared initiatives with the backing of civil society, business and academia.

The consortium is led by Prof. Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the GRID Unit. Consortium partners include the European University Institute (EUI), the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Forum Europe. The Providence Group in the United States will act as subcontractor, with the key task of securing the involvement of US stakeholders. The multi-disciplinary team comprises senior and junior experts in the domains covered by the TTC’s ten working groups. Research activities will deliver innovative ideas and sound analysis, while dedicated in-person and hybrid events will maximise transatlantic cooperation and exchange among stakeholders, and with EU and US government officials.

The TTC was formally established by the European Commission and the US administration during the EU-US Summit of 15 June 2021, as part of a Joint Transatlantic Agenda for the post-pandemic era. It comprises ten working groups across a number of policy areas and operates under five co-chairs: Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

The coordinator of the project, Andrea Renda, officially announced the start of the Trade and Technology Dialogue during the second ministerial meeting organised with the support of the French Presidency of the Council in Paris-Saclay on 15-16 May. A formal kick-off meeting was then held on Thursday 19 May 2022 to discuss priorities for the Dialogue with representatives from the European Commission, DG TRADE, DG CONNECT and the Foreign Policy Instrument.

Andrea Renda, Rosanna Fanni