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From trade commissions of EU member-states to websites that address transatlantic relations and business concerns, this page supports Illinois entrepreneurship and trade interests.

Illinois/U.S. Business and Trade Organizations

The International Trade Club of Chicago

The ITCC is the oldest trade association in the U.S. and offers its members workshops, conferences and networking opportunities intended to strengthen international business management, investment, and trade throughout the world. It has collaborated with public sector initiatives such as the Illinois Trade Office (ITO) of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the Illinois District Export Council (IDEC) on behalf of The U.S. Export Assistance Center/Chicago (USEAC) to publish a calendar of international business events available to the public.

Learn more: trade organizations, international business

World Business Chicago

This not-for-profit organization works to make Chicago a thriving international city, drawing business from many places and working with private and public sectors to make Chicago a great place to live and work.

Learn more: International business in Chicago, economic stimulation

American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union

AmCham EU is a lobbying force for American business in the European Union, addressing matters of concern for EU-U.S. business relations.

Learn more: Chamber of Commerce, EU-U.S. business relations

European-American Business Council

The EABC is an independent business organization, comprised of American and European companies. The EABC is currently the official European Business Organization in the United States, recognized by the European Commission.

Learn more: EU-U.S. business relations, business organizations

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan international affairs organization. It has notably explored issues related to agricultural development, food security, energy and climate change from Midwestern and Chicagoan perspectives.

Learn more: foreign policy organizations

Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association (CITCA)

CITCA is a volunteer organization of members from 39 countries whose goal is to promote international trade and investment between their respective countries and the Midwest.

Learn more: International business in Chicago, trade associations in Chicago

Office of Trade and Investment Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

As a part of President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI) and its government-wide export-promotion strategy, the Office of Trade and Investment seeks to highlight Illinois' role in the international marketplace.

Learn more: export initiatives in Illinois

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago ("ITA/GC") is a not-for-profit, voluntary business association that promotes international commerce within the Chicagoland area.

Learn more: International business in Chicago, trade associations in Chicago

U.S. Export Assistance Center Chicago (USEAC)

A unit of the U.S. Commercial Service (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ) the USEAC in Chicago covers the entire Midwestern region and provides trade information and services to Illinois businesses wanting to export their products, many of whom export to E.U. countries.

Learn more: export initiatives in Illinois

Regional Trade Commissions for EU Countries

European Union Economy, Policy, and the Euro

European Economy News

This European Commission page includes the latest news from the Economic and Financial Affairs committee.

Learn more: economy news

Intelligent Energy Europe

This website describes the European Commission initiative designed to improve energy conditions in Europe. New projects and recent news are featured on this site.

Learn more: bioenergy, biotechnology, energy

EC Agriculture and Rural Development

This European Commission page provides information about EU policies on GM crops, food prices, and bioenergy, among other topics.

Learn more: GMOs, agriculture, farming

Economic and Monetary Union

Find out more information about the European Union's currency on this site devoted to celebrating 10 years of the euro. The site provides additional information on the history and economics of this European Monetary Union. Be sure to access the  multimedia resources available.

Learn more: euro, European currency, economics

Euro Traveling Exhibit

The page allows visitors to explore the traveling exhibit on the euro. Each section of the exhibit is reproduced in pdf format, including information for kids and on relevant economic issues.

Learn more: euro, currency

EU/US Transatlantic Relations

EU Focus

This European Union newsletter produces publications addressing critical European issues and their link to the transatlantic relationship.

Learn more: transatlantic relations, partnership

EU Insight

This newsletter publishes articles that pay special attention to EU/US relations.

Learn more: transatlantic relations, partnership

Transatlantic Economy

This annual survey offers the most up-to-date picture of the deep and intricate economic relationship binding European countries to America’s 50 states. It was authored by Daniel Hamilton and Joseph Quinlan from Johns Hopkins University, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Additional Information and Trade Tools

For more information on the European Union, visit the EU Center's "European Union Web Resources" page.

TradeStats Express

TradeStats Express gives you access to national and state trade data based on your customized search criteria.  Use it to explore trade statistics and connections between the combination of the state of Ilinois and the E.U.

Learn more: statistics, Illinois/European Union connections, Illinois economy, trade, exports, imports, maps, charts

WISERTrade

Similar to the Tradestats Express website, this resource allows the user to make different types of charts and graphs, and gives data specific to Illinois and the EU. Results can be refined to include specific exports and different regions of the EU.

Learn more: statistics, Illinois/European Union connections, Illinois economy, trade, exports, imports, maps, chart

U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Data

The Economic Research Service provides data regarding food, farming, natural resources and rural America. In addition to providing information about domestic agriculture, it also offers trade and international market-based data pertinent to Illinois-E.U. exports.

Learn more: statistics, Illinois/European Union connections, Illinois economy, trade, exports, imports, maps, charts

U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network

The Foreign Agricultural Service provides two search engines to research information agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995.

Learn more: statistics, Illinois/European Union connections, Illinois economy, trade, exports, imports, maps, charts