WASHINGTON — President Bush will meet with a European delegation here Monday to discuss greater economic integration between the U.S. and Europe, as well as broader security issues.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will head the delegation and will be joined by European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and other officials.
Relations across the Atlantic, which were fractured by the war in Iraq, have continued to strengthen since Bush was in Brussels in February, said Barroso in a statement.
“We have cooperated closely in promoting democracy in Ukraine and Lebanon, and are preparing an initiative to promote further trans-Atlantic economic growth and integration,” Barroso said.
The summit will help prepare for the Iraq International Conference, co-hosted by the U.S. and EU in Brussels later next week.
Also on the international front, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier was named the nation’s representative to the World Trade Organization. He takes the reins from Linnet Deily, who had been in the post for four years.
Allgeier will split his time between his current job and the post in Geneva until a successor at USTR is named.
U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said Allgeier will hit the ground running, since he worked closely with Deily on the WTO’s ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations, which are aimed at further liberalizing trade, including a goal of removing global tariffs.
“Ambassador Allgeier supervised the Washington end of the negotiations and served as the senior capital-based official in the negotiations,” Portman said. “As a result, he is well known at the WTO and will ensure that we have a seamless transition as we change our leadership in Geneva.”