THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
New Transatlantic Agenda: Accomplishments under the Irish Presidency, June-December 1996
We have sought to translate a wide range of U.S.-EU goals into accomplishments in the priority areas identified by the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA). Our emphasis remains focused on tangible, concrete accomplishments. Over the past six months we have made significant progress on key initiatives.
Intensified Diplomatic Cooperation
-- Support for peace and reconstruction in Bosnia. -- Sustained support for the Middle East Peace Process. -- A joint response to the humanitarian tragedy in Central
Strengthening the Multilateral Trading System; Building the
-- Cooperation at the WTO Singapore Ministerial on the
Information Technology Agreement, eliminating tariffs in this key sector by 2000. -- Agreement in principle on mutual recognition of certification and testing of products covering over $40 billion of trade in sectors such as telecommunications and electrical products. -- Completing work on a Customs Mutual Cooperation and Assistance Agreement.
Coordinating our Global Assistance
-- Support for democracy in Nicaragua and Benin; assistance for
the new Haitian government.
-- Establishing a network of regional environmental centers in
the New Independent States.
Fighting Crime, Narcotics, Proliferation and Disease -- Cooperation against drug trafficking in the Caribbean,
addressing regional law enforcement capabilities, marine interdiction, training and intelligence sharing. -- Building a global surveillance and response network against communicable diseases.
Strengthening Transatlantic Linkages
-- Engaging our business communities through the Transatlantic
Business Dialogue (TABD)in moving forward our trade agenda and building support for our relationship.
-- Negotiating a Science and Technology Agreement. -- Promoting closer relations among our foreign affairs
agencies through staff exchange.
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