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Recent Meetings

On December 18, 2014, The European Institute hosted a breakfast discussion on the results and implications of last month’s 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea. The panelists: Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State; Andrea Glorioso, Counselor for the Digital Agenda & ICT at the Delegation of the European Union; Sally Shipman Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development at the Internet Society; Marie Royce, Vice President Public Affairs at Alcatel-Lucent; and Leslie Martinkovics, Director of International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Verizon addressed the outcomes of the ITU Plenipotentiary, the implications for the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance, in which openness, transparency and democratic principles can sustainably prevail in the digital age, and the challenges looking ahead to 2015. Dr. Michael Nelson, Adjunct Professor for Internet Studies in the Communication, Culture, & Technology Program at Georgetown University moderated the discussion.

On October 2, 2014, The European Institute held its 2014 Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner.  At this year’s dinner, the Institute honored The Honorable Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science with the Transatlantic Leadership Award for her seminal role in reviving the Transatlantic Research and Innovation Dialogue and for the deftness and vision with which she has helped shape and secure the European Union’s ambitious research agenda, Horizon 2020.  The Institute also presented the Transatlantic Leadership Award to The Honorable Robert Hormats, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment for his multiple contributions and steadfast leadership in strengthening trade and economic ties between Europe and the United States, in particular, helping to launch the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership initiative.

Click here to read Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn's remarks.

On September 23rd, The European Institute held its Annual Meeting of the Members and Board of Advisors at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC. Following opening remarks by Joëlle Attinger, President of the European Institute and Sigurd Pacher, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Austria, Julieta Valls Noyes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European & Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, gave an overview of the current U.S.-EU relations and singled out the need for stronger cooperation in light of the crisis in Ukraine, the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and possible solutions for European energy security as the areas of most immediate concern. François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States,surveyed the current security challenges facing the EU with a special emphasis on its Southern and Eastern neighborhood. Everett Eissenstat, Chief International Trade Counsel for the United States Senate Finance Committee, elaborated on the significance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and Dr. William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, offered an analysis of the current events from a Russian perspective and provided his insights on the future of the relationship between Russia and the West. The discussion was moderated by The Honorable Bart Gordon, Partner at K&L Gates, LLP.

On May 15, 2014, The European Institute and the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress hosted a viewing of the second debate between the candidates for European Commission President. A panel discussion between Washington-based European journalists set the stage for the debate. Brian Beary, U.S. Correspondent for Europolitics;Dr. Stefan Grobe, Washington Correspondent for Euronews; and Miodrag Soric, Washington Bureau Chief forDeutsche Welle discussed possible outcomes of the May 25 European elections as well as the implications for Europe’s future and for the transatlantic relationship.

On May 8, 2014, The European Institute hosted Dr. Valeriy Konovalyuk, former member of the Ukrainian National Parliament and candidate for President of Ukraine. Dr. Konovalyuk gave a first-hand assessment of events unfolding in Eastern Ukraine, his vision for Ukraine, and addressed the role the United States, Russia, and the European Union can play in securing a peaceful solution and compromise. The discussion was moderated by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute.