FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE
About the Office of Agricultural Affairs
The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European Union is composed of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), both agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture.
FAS/USEU represents the interests of U.S. farmers and the U.S. food and agricultural sector in the EU. Our main mission is to improve market access for U.S. products and to promote U.S. agricultural exports to the EU. With a staff of 4 American officers and 7 local staff members, we participate in U.S. agricultural trade formulation with the purpose of opening and/or maintaining EU markets for U.S. food and agricultural products. This includes negotiations to reduce and eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade such as un-scientific or un-substantiated sanitary and phytosanitary regulations. Our office is also the focal point for information gathering, dissemination and analysis of EU legislative and regulatory actions and how they may affect U.S. agricultural exports.
We provide specialized research and analysis related to:
EU legislation - we monitor EU
legislation from the discussion phase through implementation and assess
the possible effects of EU policies on U.S. agriculture. We attempt
to influence EU decision-makers to adopt trade provisions that are open
and fair to U.S. interests.
The APHIS office in Brussels carries out the following activities:
U.S. in sanitary and phytosanitary standard-setting organizations.
United States Mission to the European
Office of Agricultural Affairs
27 boulevard du Regent
PSC 82, Box 213
DPO AE 09710