Archive for February, 2010

European Union: New Commission Takes Office

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to approve the new European Commission led by Commission President José Manuel Barroso following hearings for all 26 members of his team.

“This is the first time in our history that we are appointing the European Commission in our capacity as a real co-legislator,” noted the European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek. “This is the dawn of a new decade, with a new way of working for the European institutions.”

The members of the Barroso Commission (2010-2014)
Source: February 2010 Monthly EU NewsBrief

February 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

TSA: Airlines to inspect 75% of cargo

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said airlines must screen at least 75 percent of cargo loaded in the United States by May 1, according to a message posted this week on the air cargo portion of its Web site.
   The new requirement is a sign that officials are concerned the industry has not taken enough voluntary measures to help meet the Aug. 1 mandate to screen all cargo on passenger planes. Link 

Source: American Shipper’s Florida Connection

February 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

What Border Officials Can Do With Your Laptop And Cellular Phone

Having your laptop searched or detained by Customs on your way back from a business trip would be a nightmare for most business people. This scenario is quite possible under new governmental policies. In fact, it is becoming so frequent that last August, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) both issued their respective new policies on border searches of electronic devices. It was a coordinated effort of CBP and ICE to update and harmonize their border policies to detect an array of illegal activities, including terrorism, cash smuggling, contraband, child pornography, copyright, and export control violations. Link

Source: porterwright

February 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

New Head of EU Delegation in Washington Appointed

The European Commission today appointed Mr. João Vale de Almeida as the Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States. He will take up office in Washington in the next months following host-country agrément procedures.

“EU-US relations are a top priority for the European Union,” said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. “The decision taken today, in the first meeting of the new College [of European Commissioners], to appoint the highest senior official in charge of external relations to be our representative in Washington, testifies to our political commitment to enhance and deepen the transatlantic relationship in a crucial moment for bilateral relations and global governance.”

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February 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Unveils Details of the National Export Initiative

New effort central to President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports and supporting new jobs

WASHINGTON—Commerce Secretary Gary Locke unveiled details of President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) at a luncheon today at the National Press Club. During last week’s State of the Union speech, the president announced a goal of doubling exports over the next five years to support two million jobs in America.

Locke detailed how the Export Initiative will help the country reach that goal—providing more funding, more focus and more cabinet-level coordination to grow U.S. exports. The NEI represents the first time the United States will have a government-wide export-promotion strategy with focused attention from the president and his Cabinet.

“Increasing the export of American products and services to global markets can help revive the fortunes of U.S. companies, spur future economic growth and support jobs here at home,” Locke said. “This initiative will correct an economic blind spot that has allowed other countries to chip away at the United States’ international competitiveness.”

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
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February 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Travel with the Northern Kentucky Chamber in 2012

Peru - August 12-20, 2012
To learn more about the program, please email Kyle Horseman or call 859.426.3653.

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