(Re)making friends: the revamp of the EU-US trade relationship

Our virtual roundtable '(Re)making friends: the revamp of the EU-US trade relationship', part of the 'Industrial Strategy in Focus' series, took place on 18 March. You can read about the discussions and access the recording below. Feel free to pass them along to colleagues who may be interested.


A new US president taking office represents an opportunity to reset transatlantic relations. Both the US and the EU have much to gain from closer ties, and Joe Biden has expressed a desire to work with allies to repair rifts widened under Trump’s trade policy. Yet, smoothing the fractured relations may prove difficult.

The next few months will be critical to the renewal of the cooperation among the two trading partners. With Europe’s technology industries producing one-third of the EU’s manufactured exports – and a EU/US annual trade balance of EUR191 billion making the US our second biggest trading partner after China -, these discussions are core to the future of our industries.

Join this event to get a better understanding of how the transatlantic trading relationship might evolve under the new US administration. Where can the EU and the US cooperate more closely? Where can we expect divergences? 

Senior representatives from the European Commission and industry from both sides of the Atlantic will join this interactive virtual debate on the future of EU-US trade relations, including:

  • Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director, Bruegel
  • Peter Bay Kirkegaard, Senior Advisor Trade Policy at Confederation of Danish Industry, and Chair of Orgalim Trade Policy Working Group
  • Daniel Mullaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East
  • Zaneta Vegnere, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission
  • Garrett Workman, Senior Director European Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce

The event will be moderated by Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at communications@orgalim.eu 


This roundtable is part of  “EU Industry Week”, Europe’s flagship annual event on industry organised by the European Commission, and "European industrial strategy in focus", Orgalim's series of interactive debates that zoom in on policy issues central to a forward-looking industrial strategy.