The Institute's Events

Effective Market Mechanisms to Curb Carbon Emissions

On November 4, leading experts from Europe and the United States exchanged perspectives on the global carbon market, the effectiveness of Europe's Emissions Trading System and its implications for U.S. climate change legislation, as well as the role of a carbon tax as a supplemental measure to curb emissions. 



Message from the European Institute Website

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Dear Friends,

         As you may already know, The European Institute has ceased operations. I am happy to inform you, however, that in the next few months, the rich work of The European Institute, captured on our website (, will be archived and available to all on the website of the University of Maryland’s Center for International Policy Exchanges ( Until then, the University will continue to maintain the existing URL and website.

          Thanks to many of you, The European Institute has served as the leading public policy organization in Washington devoted solely to Transatlantic Relations since its founding in 1989. The core of our mission has been to facilitate the exchange of information between public policy makers in both Europe and the United States, so as to deepen the understanding of the breadth of European perspectives on key issues of common concern, and to help build consensus on mutually beneficial resolutions.

          The European Institute’s policy journal, European Affairs, has been invaluable in strengthening the direct exchanges facilitated through our many meetings by drawing on a wide network of prominent experts to build a rich and comprehensive body of work on contemporary issues at the core of European-American relations. Going back to 2000, articles and blogs are archived and well indexed on the Institute’s site. 

              We are grateful to the University of Maryland for making this valuable material available to all. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Scott at


Joëlle Attinger, President


The European Banking Union & the Future of the Economic & Monetary Union

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On October 6, 2016, The European Institute held a lunch discussion with a delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON) led by The Honorable Roberto Gualtieri, ECON Chairman and The Honorable Siegfried Mureșan, Spokesman for the European People’s Party and Substitute Member of ECON.  Chairman Gualtieri and Mr. Mureşan, along with other representatives from the ECON Committee, discussed the current status and environment of the banking union as well as the changes the European Union may need to make in order cope successfully with challenges such as Brexit, the need for greater economic growth, and the implementation of a common deposit insurance scheme. Despite differing views on some subjects, the delegation agreed on the necessity of the completion of the bank union.


The Future of the EU: Facing Common Challenges

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On Tuesday, May 10, The European Institute hosted The Honorable Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European Affairs of the Czech Republic.  Mr. Prouza gave his assessment of the challenges facing Europe today including the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on EU membership, the refugee crisis and the security threat posed by an increasingly assertive Russia.  While acknowledging growing nationalism and Euroscepticism, Mr. Prouza encouraged Member States to strengthen integration: “I am convinced that only when we stay united and when we work together to find common solutions will Europe stay strong.”  His full remarks can be found here.


How to Live in a World at Peace?

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On May 16, 2016, The European Institute and the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress hosted a lunch discussion with The Honorable Alain Lamassoure, Chairman of the European Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Rulings.  Mr. Lamassoure addressed how the European Union and the United States are coexisting in peace and how the two global powers must fight the newest enemy, fear.

Read Mr. Lamassoure's full speech here.


A Letter from Brussels

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thomasklau2016By Thomas Klau

A day before the Brussels attacks, I was in Paris to participate in a talk show about the aftermath of the November 13 massacre in the French capital. The TV discussion had been long planned. We spoke about the likelihood of further acts of terror. Of course all of us in Brussels knew it was coming, some day, somehow, just as all of us in Europe know that in the years ahead, there will be more explosions of murderous hatred in those wonderful cities that define who we are. We did not know on Monday, that for Brussels, that day would be tomorrow.

When Twitter started spreading the news of the attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday morning, there was shock, anger, sadness, resignation and resolve not to let the carnage get to one. Later came the almost selfish relief to hear of loved ones safe; then the new and sweet ritual, now part of our internet civilization, of over a hundred friends and acquaintances almost instantly getting in touch.