U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth
At the November 28, 2011, European Union (EU)-United States Summit meeting, President Obama, European Commission President Barroso, and European Council President Von Rompuy directed the Transatlantic Economic Council to establish a High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, led by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. The Working Group was asked to identify policies and measures to increase U.S.-EU trade and investment to support mutually beneficial job creation, economic growth, and international competitiveness. The Leaders also asked the Working Group to work closely with public and private sector stakeholder groups, and to draw on existing dialogues and mechanisms, as appropriate. To ensure that it has access to a wide range of views, ideas, and options concerning policies and measures to increase transatlantic trade and investment, the Working Group plans to consult extensively with business, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and other stakeholders. As part of this process, and consistent with the Leaders' mandate, the U.S. Government welcomes written input from members of the public on options for increasing trade and investment in areas including, but not limited to, the following: Conventional barriers to trade in goods, such as tariffs and tariff-rate quotas; Reduction, elimination, or prevention of barriers to trade in goods, services, and investment; Opportunities for enhancing the compatibility of regulations and standards; Reduction, elimination, or prevention of unnecessary ``behind the border'' non-tariff barriers to trade in all categories; Enhanced cooperation for the development of rules and principles on global issues of common concern and also for the achievement of shared economic goals relating to third countries. For each option or proposal that is suggested, submissions should seek to assess: the short- and medium-term impact on economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness; the feasibility; and the implications for, and consistency with, bilateral and multilateral trade obligations.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of the Results of the 2010 GSP Annual Review
This notice announces (1) the disposition of the product petitions accepted for review in the 2010 GSP Annual Review, and (2) the status of country practices petitions accepted as part of GSP annual reviews, including the 2010 GSP Annual Review.