President Biden To Replace London With Amsterdam To Ensure Critical Place In EU Affairs

The bloc wants to cooperate on climate change and digital aspects of trade, but also to clear "trade irritants" - US tariffs on EU steel and aluminium and mutual tariffs related to a dispute over aircraft subsidies.

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U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to replace London with Amsterdam after an expert said  Netherlands role in EU affairs “has never been more important” with Anthony Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Uniuon saying transatlantic priorities from the US will fall on the Netherlands.

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He, however, explained that the UK used to be America’s “megaphone” to the EU before its exit from the union. Mr Gardner told the Centre for European Reform, “The role of the Netherlands has never been more important especially now the UK has left the EU.

“I say more important than ever before to promote key transatlantic priorities from climate change to trade, digital economy, reforming the WTO, promoting humans rights, dealing with China.

“In the old days when the UK was a member, our life was easy in the United States because the UK was our megaphone to some extent within the EU. Now they’ve left and the Netherlands will play an absolutely critical role.”

It comes as the EU said it had positive, early contact with the Biden administration on trade, but will need to wait for a new US trade representative to be in place for real talks to begin, the EU trade chief said on Monday.

Valdis Dombrovskis, executive vice president of the European Commission, told Reuters that expectations for more positive engagement with the new US administration were “very high.”

Speaking about the talks, Dombrovskis said they were “preliminary” after a discussion with Brian Deese, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council, last week to outline the EU’s position.

Real talks would be possible when Katherine Tai, who has been nominated to be the next U.S. trade representative resumes. “That can be happening, as I understand, rather soon and that’s when we can engage in earnest,” Dombrovskis said.

US experts are expecting her to be sworn in by the end of February.

The EU executive presented a 12-page wish list in December for a new transatlantic partnership, outlining potential to cooperate in health, economic recovery, environmental policy and trade.

The bloc wants to cooperate on climate change and digital aspects of trade, but also to clear “trade irritants” – US tariffs on EU steel and aluminium and mutual tariffs related to a dispute over aircraft subsidies.

Dombrovskis said the EU offer was for both sides to withdraw these tariffs, or at least suspend them for half a year. In the case of metals tariffs, both sides should instead focus on overcapacity, particularly in China, and on rules governing civil aviation given emerging competitors.

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Dombrovskis also welcomed a US reversal of its previous opposition to Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becoming the next director-general of the WTO, saying, “This is a first necessary step.”

Meanwhile, The EU trade chief said restoring the WTO’s Appellate Body, after the Trump administration paralysed it by blocking new appointments, was also “relatively easy.”

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Trevor Jackson
Trevor Jackson
24 days ago

This is an example of how Britain will be marginalised by Brexit. Amsterdam has already surpassed London as the major trading hub for financial services in Europe and British trade with the EU has declined by 68% since 1 January. All of these things are waved away airily by Boris Johnson and his lapdog press. The British people who voted for Brexit still believe that it will be all gravy when the pandemic is over. They are in for a big awakening.

Mike Meehan
Mike Meehan
23 days ago

The people who have it all, yet still insist on having far more than their share, even to the extent of taking away from those who have nothing but that pride they once had in part of having been part of a great country, which is now being destroyed, are despicable and not worthy of anything from normal decent people. In pursuit of glory, wealth and power, they have gambled with the lives of millions and are risking the breakup of our country by feeding them a tissue lies. Far from greatness, their names will be recorded in infamy. The… Read more »