On January 10, 2014, The European Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy hosted a luncheon discussion with The Honorable Maria Chiara Carrozza, Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research.  Minister Carrozza discussed the vital importance of furthering transatlantic research and innovation cooperation and of strengthening the European Science and Technology Union. During Italy’s upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, she said, priority will be given to ensuring continuity in the implementation of the European Union’s ambitious Horizon 2020 initiative. Michael Nelson, Principal Technology Policy Strategist at Microsoft moderated the discussion.

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On December 5, 2013, The European Institute in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress convened a breakfast discussion with The Honorable Tonino Picula, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Croatia, and The Honorable Davor Ivo Stier, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. The discussion focused on the lessons learned from Croatia’s accession to the European Union and the future of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans in order to promote peace, stability, and prosperity.

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.

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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.

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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.

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