On May 28, 2013, The European Institute welcomed Dr. Zsolt Becsey, Coordinator for Foreign Economic Affairs at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to a special meeting of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Trade & Investment to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the upcoming negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Expressing strong support for this historic initiative, Dr. Bescey emphasized that TTIP would not only benefit both sides of the Atlantic, but it could well act as a catalyst for the success of future multilateral trade agreements.

On May 1, 2013, The European Institute hosted The Honorable Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria who discussed Bulgaria’s role within the European Union and the transatlantic relationship. President Plevneliev emphasized the importance of the European Union as an historic and global force, highlighting  two of its biggest achievements: a common currency and spreading democracy East. The President also outlined the transformation his own country is undertaking to ensure a more transparent government, a stronger economy and the greater well-being and progressive future for its citizens.

On April 30, 2013, The European Institute held a seminar in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe to examine the challenges and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation in multilateral governance, in monetary, trade and investment policy, and in medical science research and innovation. Speakers included: The Honorable José Maria Gil-Robles, President, The Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe & former President of the European Parliament; François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Ambassador Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations; Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University & former U.S. Ambassador to NATO; Antonio de Lecea, Principal Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Mark Sobel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Monetary and Financial Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Michael Smart, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC; James Mendenhall, Counsel, International Trade & Dispute Resolution Group, Sidley Austin LLP; The Honorable Bart Gordon, Partner, K&L Gates & Former Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology; The Honorable Chaka Fattah, Member, Committee on Appropriations & Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies, U.S. House of Representatives; Dr. James Gavigan, Minister-Counselor & Head of the Science, Technology & Education Section, Delegation of the European Union; Professor Henry Markram, Founder & Director, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Brain Mind Institute & Coordinator, Human Brain Project; and Dr. Adrian Ivinson, Director, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, Harvard University Medical School.

On April 29, 2013, The European Institute held a dinner hosted by His Excellency Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, to celebrate a year-long partnership that the Institute has formed with the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe to examine the future of European-American relations through the perspective of major policymakers and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic. Both Ambassador Sager and His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States spoke about the importance of the transatlantic relationship, particularly the powerful and essential trade ties between Europe and the United States and the prospects for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

On April 19, 2013, The European Institute awarded The Honorable Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and former President of the Eurogroup the Institute's Transatlantic Leadership Award in recognition of his unique and lasting contributions to the European Project and European-American Relations.

Click here to read Prime Minister Juncker's remarks.

On April 18, 2013, The European Institute held a discussion about prospects and challenges of Lithuania’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union with Rimantas Šadžius, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. Minister Šadžius addressed the prospects of Lithuania’s entry into the Eurozone, the formation of the European Banking Union, and the importance of reaching agreement on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Oliver Moss, Director of Global Government Division at Bank of America, moderated the lively discussion and Q&A session that followed the speech. This event was generously hosted by Bank of America.

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