For IMMEDIATE Release
Priorities for U.S. Policy in Europe
BACKGROUND -- For six decades Europe is where core U.S. national interests and fundamental values have been most engaged. The majority of our closest allies are there, the bulk of our international trade and investment is with Europe and our national security is integrally linked with the welfare and stability of that continent. But the continuing diplomatic standoff with France and Germany at the United Nations over the issue of Iraq highlights other, separate longstanding issues confronting the transatlantic relationship. Differences and disagreements continued to nag the relationship over the Middle East, the environment, steel, and other trade-related issues. Europes fixation with multilateralism and the European Unions (EU) march toward regulatory overload continue to present institutional challenges to the transatlantic relationship. With Russia, the U.S. continues to spar over issues such as Chechnya, press freedom and technology transfers, especially to Iran. Although 95 percent of all trade between the U.S. and Europe works fairly well, disputes over steel, food safety, beef hormones, genetically-modified organisms, and foreign sales corporations top the list of disagreements. Meanwhile, U.S. policy continues to support political integration on the continent, expansion of the European Union and NATO, increased defense capabilities among European members of NATO and support for the EUs own defense initiatives.
WHAT: Oversight hearing, "United States Priorities in Europe"
Subcommittee on Europe, U.S. Rep. Doug Bereuter, Chairman
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2003
WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESSES: A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; J.D. Crouch II, Assistant Secretary, International Security Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Questions to be raised during this hearing: