Posts filed under ‘European Union’

European Council’s Way Out of the Debt Crisis

The Euro Summit on 26 October agreed on a comprehensive set of measures to address the current tensions in financial markets and restore confidence.

“We do not want to repeat some of the errors from the recent past,” said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, who chaired the meeting. “In taking today’s decisions, we lay the foundations for our future. All members of the Euro Summit are determined to follow this path.”

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European Council. Oct 26, 2011

October 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Transatlantic Job Creation

Jobs are the lifeblood of the modern economy, creating income that is spent at businesses, saved in banks, and gathered as tax revenue. Without jobs, growth grinds to a halt, economic confidence falters, and the economy contracts—bad news for all concerned.

The recession has taken a comparable toll on employment on both the United States and the European Union. Yet, in spite of the economic downturn, the size and interconnected nature of the transatlantic economic relationship continues to create and sustain jobs—close to 15 million of them, divided more or less equally between the EU and the U.S.

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European Union Delegation to the USA, EU Focus November 2011

October 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

EU agrees Russia’s WTO accession

The European Union on Friday agreed to Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, which is expected to take place in December.

The United States welcomed the EU’s decision. However, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it shares “the EU’s strong interest in seeing Russia and Georgia reach a mutually agreeable resolution of trade-related issues, and encourage both sides to continue their cooperative efforts to that end, working with officials of the Government of Switzerland.

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American Shipper. Oct 24, 2011

October 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

U.S. Small Business Administration – Trade Mission to Paris, France

“Intelligent Buildings: Putting the Pieces Together” Trade Mission • Green Building Conference • Matchmaking Services

European countries are at the forefront of the worldwide effort to improve energy efficiency, enacting laws designed to encourage green development and favoring products and practices that decrease our dependence on carbon fuels.

France ‐the third largest market in the European Union ‐has dedicated the highest percentage of its economic stimulus package to green industries. Most of the economic activity and job creation resulting from the stimulus will be tied to green building. France has dedicated $256 billion for the thermal rehabilitation of existing buildings and $17 billion for new buildings.

The market is seeking new technologies and services to meet increasingly stringent regulatory environments. The United States is well‐positioned to provide state‐of‐the‐art products and expertise to the intelligent building sector.

Europe currently replaces only one percent of existing buildings per year. Governments are looking for ways to motivate property owners to retrofit their buildings . This conference will examine how to “put the pieces together” –how to synchronize four drivers of intelligent building practices –through innovative products and services, regulations, financing, certification and monitoring processes.

Mission Objectives
Intelligent Buildings Trade Mission

SBA and the U.S. Commercial Service are working together on this trade mission to help U.S. businesses establish relationships, explore opportunities in the green building and renovation market, and facilitate export success to mission participants. These objectives will be measured through participation in:

1.Site visits coordinated by the city of Paris’ Economic Development Agency.
2.A Green conference specifically dedicated to retrofitting existing buildings.
3.Gold Key Matchmaking services provided through the U.S. Commercial Service –Paris.

August 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

U.S., EU expand IRISL sanction list

The United States and European Union this week expanded a list of companies that have engaged in business with Iranian shipping companies,
   U.S. Treasury Department sanctions have been in place since September 2008 against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and affiliated companies. The U.S. government alleges IRISL and its complex tangle of affiliates has facilitated the transportation of illegal weapons shipments to Iran.
   The United States added Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA and six other smaller oil and shipping companies for engaging in trade with Iran, Reuters reported. One of the companies sanctioned is the Ofer Brothers Group, the Israeli conglomerate that runs Israel Corp., parent company of the container line Zim.  Read more.

American Shipper, 5/25/2011

May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

EU Aims to Seal Deal With Beijing

Chinese leaders are stepping up their courtship of cash-strapped European countries such as Spain, pledging to buy their bonds and expand business ties. Yet China watchers caution that despite the warm diplomacy, Beijing won’t save the euro zone.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on Thursday on the latest stage of a European tour that began in Madrid. While in Spain, Mr. Li, who is widely expected to become China’s next premier, signed a string of trade and investment deals. He also vowed that China would continue to buy Spanish government debt, a message welcomed by Spain’s embattled government as a vote of confidence in the country. Read More

Source: M. WALKER J. DEAN, Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2011

January 12, 2011 at 7:00 am

Fiat May Boost Chrysler Stake to More Than 50% Before IPO

Fiat SpA, the Italian carmaker that owns 20 percent of Chrysler Group LLC, may boost the holding to more than 50 percent before the U.S. automaker’s initial public offering, the two companies’ chief executive officer said.

“I think it is possible. I don’t know whether it is likely, but it is possible that we’ll go over the 50 percent mark if Chrysler decides to go to the markets in 2011,” Sergio Marchionne, 58, told reporters at the Milan stock exchange today. “It will be advantageous if that happens.”

Fiat received the stake as part of Auburn Hills, Michigan- based Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization. It expects to get an additional 15 percent this year when Chrysler makes a small engine in the U.S. and meets sales objectives outside of North America. Fiat has an option to increase the holding to 51 percent, buying an additional 16 percent, after Chrysler repays U.S. and Canadian government loans.

“It looks cheaper for Fiat to get 51 percent of Chrysler before the IPO,” said Philippe Houchois, a London-based analyst at UBS AG, who estimates that Fiat could save $1 billion to $2.7 billion if it exercises the option before a Chrysler listing. “It’s a positive scenario for Fiat shares.” Read More

Source: T. Ebhardt, Bloomberg, January 3, 2011

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January 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Estonia Prepares to Join the Euro Zone

When the tiny Baltic nation of Estonia rings in the new year, it will become the latest addition to the euro zone—and the poorest member of a currency bloc that is struggling to restore financial stability. Larger and richer Central and Eastern European nations, once eager to gain entry into a prestigious club, have turned skittish about adopting the euro, which they increasingly see as a potential liability.

Central bankers and government officials in Poland and the Czech Republic have said that, given the turbulence among the euro zone’s current 16 nations, it is hard to predict when membership would make sense for their countries.

A mannequin in a shop window in Parnu, Estonia, holds a model of a euro coin. The country adopts the currency in 2011. Estonia’s small Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Lithuania, have taken the preliminary step of linking their national currencies’ value to that of the euro—a precondition for joining the common currency. Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis recently said that his country aims to join the euro zone in 2014. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said that her country is looking to adopt the euro sometime in 2013 to 2015. Read More

Source: G. Fairclough, Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2010

January 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

The Evolution of the EU’s External Policy and the State of EU/US Relations – João Vale de Almeida, December 9, 2010

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, discussed EU-US relations at the European Institute in Washington, DC. Noting that this is a moment in history when the pace of change is accelerating, he stressed the importance of new forms of international cooperation and collective governance to deal with the challenges of globalization. “The principle of ‘shared problems, shared solutions’ has been at the heart of the European project for the last 50 years. In a sense, we have already managed a ‘regional globalization’, one that could usefully serve as a model for the rest of the world,” he said.

He added that “in shaping these new forms of global governance, we, the United States and Europe, need to decide if we want the world to be shaped by our values of freedom, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. If that is the case, as I am sure it should be, then we must work together, combine our efforts and maximize our influence. For that to happen, we need to set aside our differences, concentrate on what unites us and move forward with a positive agenda, making full use of the potential of each of our member states as well as the EU as a whole.” Read More


December 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

NKITA and Northern Kentucky Chamber – Happy Holidays

In a few months I shall have the honor to host a delegation of 80 business, education and community leaders in Tuscany to show its many touristic attractions. In this last post before Christmas, I would like to share a couple of pictures of paintings hosted inside the Uffizi Gallery, the Museum we shall visit in Florence.

Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi” (left) never got past the stage of a wash drawing. In this painting, the complex, ephemeral and dynamic nature of the human form -represented by a whirlpool of actions, emotions, gestures and expressions- contrast with the calm, statue-like central figures of the Virgin and Child. Leonardo was very entrepreneurial and a dynamic and restless person himself. After issuing a bill for 300 florins he left Florence and moved to Milan where he became a military engineer and an inventor of defensive and offensive machines.

The “Holy Family” (right) or “Tondo Doni” was Michelangelo’s very first painting and his only existing panel picture. The painting, almost marble-like in his forms and the use of light, offers only one straight line, separating the past -when people received the baptism by immerging themselves in waters and coming out as reborn- and the “new age” – Catholics receive baptism by “infusion”, without having to take off any clothes. The little St. John, standing nearby the wall, represents the transition between the two. According to a tale, the price of the painting was only 70 ducates. However, Angelo Doni, who commissioned the painting, refused to pay -too expensive. Michelangelo then doubled the price (140 ducates). Angelo Doni paid 140 ducates to keep the painting.

Please do mark your Calendars for our first city-specific orientation! On Monday, January 17, 2011, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. I shall give a presentation on Florence and its many business and touristic opportunities. Feel free to bring friends and family members and if you are interested in joining the 2011 Tourism and Trade Mission to Italy, please visit our website at or contact me at I still have few seats available.

As 2010 comes to an end, on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of COmmerce and the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a great Holiday Season to you and your family. A friend of mine shared with me a very nice, Italian Christmas Card. I am sure he won’t mind if I share it with you. Please click on this link to open the file.

Daniele S. Longo
Vice President, Business Development and International Trade

December 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

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