For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 2, 2002
Fact Sheet: Transatlantic Dialogues
The Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and the Transatlantic
Consumer Dialogue (TACD) help foster dialogue between the United States
and the European Commission and business and civil society.
Transatlantic Business Dialogue
The TABD is a private organization comprised of American and
European companies that seeks to increase and liberalize transatlantic
Since its launch in 1995, the TABD has worked to remove
inefficiencies caused by excessive regulation, duplication, and
differences in the U.S. and the EU regulatory systems and procedures.
TABD also works to enhance cooperation between the U.S. and
the EU on global trade issues.
TABD's 2002 priorities center on regulatory reform and
transparency. Throughout the year, the TABD will provide both
governments with the transatlantic business community's perspectives on
the WTO, the networked economy, capital markets, regulatory policy, and
The TABD will be represented at the Summit by Lenard Lauder,
Chairman, Estee Lauder Companies, and Jean-Pierre Rodier, CEO of
Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
The TACD was established in 1998 to develop closer relations
between American and European consumer groups.
The TACD's 65-member groups (20 American) forge common
positions on issues including openness and transparency, international
trade, food safety, health and access to medicines in developing
countries, as well as e-commerce.
The TACD will be represented at the Summit by Ed Mierzwinski,
Director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Benedicte
Federspiel, Director of the Danish Consumer Council (Forbrugerradet).