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“A strong, vibrant Europe is a necessary and essential partner for the U.S.” --U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez

Given the high volume of U.S.-EU trade, the United States is committed to maintaining sound and open economic relations with the EU in order to provide optimal conditions for business and investment. President George W. Bush has repeatedly emphasized the importance of breaking down trade barriers to facilitate global economic growth.

With this goal in mind, the United States is working with European leaders to develop consensus on transatlantic economic integration.