Roundtables

Why the Next 18 Months are Critical for Europe’s Future

On July 18, 2013, The European Institute welcomed The Honorable Alain Lamassoure, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets and lead negotiator on the European Union’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework (2014-2020) to discuss the prospects and challenges facing the European Union. In a masterful presentation, Mr. Lamassoure outlined why the next 18 months will be decisive in determining the future of the European Union. This meeting was held in cooperation with the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Lamassoure's remarks can be found here.

 

Finding a Global Solution to Aviation Emissions: The EU ETS, ICAO and the Way Forward

On July 16, 2013, The European Institute welcomed The Honorable Peter Liese, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for inclusion of aviation in the ETS, The Honorable Julie Oettinger, Assistant Administrator for Policy at the Federal Aviation Administration, and John Schmitz, Partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, to discuss the future of global regulation of aviation emissions. The panelists discussed the contested extension of the Emissions Trading Scheme to the aviation sector by the European Union and the prospects for reaching agreement on a global framework at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s plenary meeting this September. The discussion was moderated by Annie Petsonk, International Counsel at Environmental Defense Fund.

 

Securing the European-American Relationship for the Future

On July 9, 2013, The European Institute welcomed a leadership delegation from the European People’s Party (EPP Group) in the European Parliament, including The Honorable Corien Wortmann-Kool, Vice President for Economic, Financial and Monetary Affairs; The Honorable Marian-Jean Marinescu, Vice President for Budget, Budget Control and Structural Affairs; The Honorable Jozsef Szajer, Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs, and The Honorable Manfred Weber, Vice President for Homeland Security, to discuss the future of European-American relations.

 

For Stability, Jobs & Growth: The Outcomes of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union

On July 12, 2013, The European Institute welcomed The Honorable Eamon Gilmore, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, to discuss the achievements of Ireland’s recently completed Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Key among them were breakthroughs in the creation of a European Banking Union, securing the EU’s 2014-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, and corralling support for a negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Click here to read the Tánaiste's remarks.

 

Climate Policy and the Path to a Low-Carbon Economy: A Perspective from the Czech Republic

On June 24, 2013, The European Institute welcomed His Excellency Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, to a discussion on the challenges of moving towards a low-carbon economy at a time of economic austerity. The Ambassador gave prepared remarks on behalf of the Minister of Environment, The Honorable Tomas Chalupa, and offered his country’s perspective on mitigating the impact of climate change, while furthering efforts to diversify energy resources and build a sustainable economic recovery. The Honorable Tomas Tesar, Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic, also participated in the panel discussion.

 
  • Organized Labor in U.S. and Germany—Will it Survive?

    By Michael Mosettig

    To the union leaders who occupy offices inside, the big white building just north of Lafayette Square in Washington is known as The House of Labor. Encased on marble, with a view of the White House, it exudes the power that once belonged to leaders of American labor unions to help pick and elect Democratic Party presidents and push their agendas through Congress.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban

 

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