Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

Stockholm, 5 June 2023

As holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Sweden hosted the fourth meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in Luleå on 30–31 May. Luleå, located in Sweden’s Arctic region, was selected as the venue to showcase Swedish solutions for the green and industrial transitions.

“These two days in Luleå have shown how important the TTC is to transatlantic cooperation. The prevailing security situation underscores the importance of joint solutions that pave the way for the green and digital transitions and strengthen our friendship. If we can create common standards and solutions for AI, 6G and green technologies, we will lay the foundations for increased trade, enhanced competitiveness and more green jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Challenges are best solved when we act together,” says Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Business and Industry Ebba Busch.

The programme included a site visit to the Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT) plant outside of Luleå, a project aimed at revolutionising the iron and steel industries by producing fossil-free steel.

Other parts of the programme included a CEO-level discussion on global connectivity infrastructure and transatlantic collaboration for the development of 6G, as well as a discussion on the role of social dialogue in accelerating the green and digital transitions.

“The TTC is the most important forum for promoting EU-US trade relations. EU competitiveness is stimulated and strengthened by joint strategies and standards for the green and digital transitions, and developing technologies in AI, cybersecurity and 5G/6G,” says Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.

The programme concluded with a stakeholder dialogue on AI and the green transition, with participation from the business community and civil society.

“Sweden is a strong proponent of transatlantic cooperation. The US is an indispensable partner for Sweden and Europe, and a key actor for Europe’s economy and prosperity, and its safety, security and defence – not least in light of the current security environment,” says Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström.

Source – Swedish Government

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