On December 2, 2013, The European Institute awarded The Honorable José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development the Transatlantic Leadership Award at its Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner. In his acceptance speech, Secretary-General Gurría called for renewed cooperation between Europe and the United States to “jump-start the engine of global growth” and stressed the importance of the potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as an opportunity to set “the gold standard for deep and comprehensive global trade and investment integration.” The event was co-hosted by the 32 European Ambassadors of the Ambassadorial Host Committee.
On October 30, 2013, The European Institute convened a special meeting with The Honorable Andrey Slepnev, Trade Minister for the Eurasian Economic Commission, to discuss the evolution of the Eurasian Economic Union and the implications for trade relations with both the EU and the United States. The discussion was moderated by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
On October 29, 2013, The European Institute in cooperation with the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress convened a breakfast discussion with The Honorable Jan Philipp Albrecht, Rapporteur for the EU Regulation on Data Protection on the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs (LIBE) and Commissioner Julie Brill, U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner. The meeting focused on the implications of recently revealed NSA data collection and the surveillance of EU citizens for transatlantic cyber-security cooperation. Particular attention was paid to the sustainability of the Safe Harbor Agreement, the impact of the EU’s Regulation on Data Protection, which recently passed through the LIBE Committee, as well as the potential effects of the revelations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership initiative. The discussion was moderated by Jim Halpert, Partner at DLA Piper.
On October 16, 2013, The European Institute convened a luncheon discussion with Jens Hanefeld, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany on the resounding electoral victory earned by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Christian Democratic Union. Mr. Hanefeld offered his analysis of the major trends revealed by last month’s elections, assessed the on-going quest for a governing coalition and the potential implications of Merkel 3.0 for the European Union and transatlantic relations.
On October 8, 2013 The European Institute held its Annual Meeting of the Members and Board of Advsiors at the Embassy of Greece, hosted by His Excellency Christos Panagopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the United States. Moderated by Nova Daly, Public Policy Consultant at Wiley Rein LLP, the panelists included: Christian Burgsmüller, Head of the Energy, Environment & Transport Section at the Delegation of the European Union; Ambassador Robert Hunter, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies; and Michael Smart, Vice President at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC.
The panel was followed by a dinner discussion with Antoine Ripoll, Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress, who addressed the potential implications of the Parliament’s 2014 elections for the European Project and EU-U.S. relations.
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