The Honorable Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland addressed the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the impact the European Union has had on Ireland, and the significance of the Treaty for the transatlantic relationship. He highlighted the importance of climate change, energy security and the economy as key global issues the European Union continues to tackle. Underlining the need for a coherent European voice to drive global policy on critical matters, he noted that the European Union is an evolutionary process and that now is the time for the EU to emerge with a unified vision for progress.
In his first public speaking engagement since assuming his new position, The Honorable Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs addressed the Obama Administration’s transatlantic policy and provided an overview of key priorities as the United States seeks to strengthen its political, economic and strategic ties with Europe. Speaking to an audience consisting of 17 European and Eurasian Ambassadors - including His Excellency Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, as well as members of The European Institute’s Board of Directors and Advisors, he pointed to the U.S. interest in closer cooperation with European allies and suggested that pragmatic cooperation between Moscow and Washington also offered a way forward amid so many global challenges for both countries.
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