Transatlantic Economic Council

The Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) is a body set up between the United States and European Union to direct economic cooperation between the two economies.

The United States (orange) and European Union (green)

Establishment and chairmanshipEdit

The TEC was established by an agreement signed on April 30, 2007 at the White House by U.S. President George W. Bush, President of the European Council Angela Merkel (also German Chancellor) and EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

The Council is co-chaired by an EU and a U.S. official. Currently, they are US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Daleep Singh[1] and European Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis.[2] The Council meets at least once a year, called by the chairs.


The Council is tasked with helping to meet economic partnership objectives and harmonize regulations. Other priorities include: road safety, and petrol conservation, cosmetics testing (finding alternatives to animal testing), technologies, and more cooperation. However the Council has been criticised as getting bogged down in minor details and failing to produce results.[3]

At a TEC meeting on 17 December 2010 in Washington, D.C., the leaders released a U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council Joint Statement committing all parties to deeper transatlantic cooperation on secure trade and supply chain security policies.[4] This was followed by an EU / United States joint statement on supply chain security signed in Brussels on 23 June 2021.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Daleep Singh". Wilson Center. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  2. ^ "Mairead McGuinness named as Ireland's European commissioner, given 'important financial portfolio'". The Irish Times. September 8, 2020. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  3. ^ A Transatlantic Free Trade Area? Archived 2010-01-16 at the Wayback Machine ECIPE
  4. ^ a b European Union / United States, Joint Statement on Supply Chain Security, issued 23 June 2011, accessed 15 August 2021

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