January 5, 2001 |
Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta tried to drum up support Thursday for an international privacy pact that so far has failed to draw much enthusiasm from the U.S. companies it was designed to protect. Fewer than a dozen American firms have agreed to abide by the so-called safe-harbor agreement with the European Union, officials said Thursday. The pact, which took effect Nov. 1, was negotiated by the Commerce Department to ensure that U.S.
November 15, 2000 |
The European Union will seek World Trade Organization permission this week to impose billions of dollars in sanctions on U.S. exports despite U.S. passage of reforms to a controversial export tax-break scheme. EU trade spokesman Anthony Gooch said the bloc still planned to file its request for authorization of sanctions by Friday even though the U.S. Congress gave final approval to a law reforming the so-called Foreign Sales Corporation scheme.
August 2, 2000 |
The European Union on Tuesday launched fresh attacks on a number of U.S. policies and accused the Americans of hypocrisy in their free-trade posture, especially in technology and telecommunications. In its annual "Report on United States Barriers to Trade and Investment," the EU assailed U.S. barriers to everything from foreign satellites to telephone companies and wheat gluten. It also questioned a new export-subsidy program proposed by the Clinton administration.
July 8, 2000 |
The United States has delayed, possibly until next week, a closely watched decision on rotating sanctions imposed on European Union products, officials said. Under a new law, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative must revise the list of European products affected by the sanctions every six months until the EU changes its beef and banana trade policies to comply with World Trade Organization rulings.
July 3, 2000 |
The United States might announce this week its plans for changes in listings of $308.2 million of European Union goods subject to retaliatory duties in connection with two EU trade disputes. Under a new law, the U.S. Trade Representative's office must revise the lists every six months until the EU changes its beef and banana trade policies to comply with World Trade Organization rulings. The deadline for the current round of changes was June 19.
June 28, 2000 |
The United States expects to publish a revised list of European goods to be hit with sanctions in two trade disputes late this week or early next, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky said. The Clinton administration had set a June 19 target date for announcing changes to its retaliatory trade measures on $308.2 million of European Union goods in separate disputes involving beef and bananas.
May 27, 2000 |
The Clinton administration, acting on the instructions of Congress, cranked up the pressure on the European Union on Friday to resolve long-standing trade fights over beef and bananas. In a move long urged by farm groups, the U.S. trade representative set a June 19 deadline for deciding whether to add new goods to the list of $308.2 million worth of EU products subject to 100% duties in the two disputes.
January 25, 2000 |
Boeing Co. said it met with U.S. trade officials to discuss whether European government lending to Airbus Industrie, the European consortium that is the world's only other maker of large jetliners, may be in violation of international trade agreements. Boeing is concerned about funds Airbus might get to help build its planned 550-seat A3XX "super jumbo," and about loans already received for other jets. Seattle-based Boeing wants the U.S.
December 23, 1999 |
A World Trade Organization panel upheld a key U.S. trade law used to impose sanctions against imports from the European Union in disputes over bananas and beef, U.S. officials said Wednesday. In a 350-page report, the WTO panel rejected complaints by the 15-nation EU that Washington's use of the so-called Section 301 trade law to impose trade sanctions violated global trade rules. The panel said aspects of the law challenged by the EU "are not inconsistent" with U.S. obligations under the WTO.
December 9, 1999 |
The European Union delayed a decision on whether to resume imports of U.S. hormone-free beef, dashing hopes of a quick resolution to a transatlantic dispute over the EU's ban on meat treated with growth hormones. EU veterinarians extended until mid-February the deadline for the United States to provide guarantees that shipments of beef are free of hormone traces but said they had received strong U.S. commitments to improve health checks. This summer the World Trade Organization backed a U.S.