Forging the Future: EU-US Strengthen Bonds Over Trade and Technology

09 Apr 2024

In a significant gathering that underscores the deepening cooperation between Europe and the United States, the sixth Trade and Technology Council (TTC) meeting unfolded in Leuven, Belgium, on April 4th and 5th, 2024.

It was co-chaired by European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, joined by European Commissioner Thierry Breton, and hosted by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. High-profile leaders steered the discussions aimed at tackling pressing global challenges.

Amidst the backdrop of geopolitical tensions, the EU and US reaffirmed the importance of a stable, rules-based international order. Key discussions focused on mitigating the risks associated with the digital transformation, including AI, quantum technologies, and the advent of 6G, with an eye towards fostering innovation, interoperability, and the protection of democratic values and human rights.

The meeting heralded a series of ambitious initiatives, such as the establishment of a Quantum Task Force, advancements in AI governance, and strategies to secure digital communication against future quantum threats. These efforts reflect a shared commitment to leading the charge on critical and emerging technologies, ensuring economic security, and fostering sustainable development across the Atlantic.

As the TTC continues to shape a resilient and forward-looking transatlantic alliance, this meeting marks another milestone in the EU-US partnership, promising to steer joint leadership in navigating the complex terrain of global trade and technology challenges.

Read the Joint Statement EU-US Trade and Technology Council of 4-5 April 2024 in Leuven, Belgium.