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 European Union. 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, maintaining and increasing 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, unscientific or unsubstantiated sanitary and phytosanitary regulations.
Our office is also the focal point for information gathering, dissemination, and analysis of EU legislative and regulatory actions’ possible effects on U.S. agricultural exports.
The APHIS office in Brussels carries out the following activities: