The European Institute’s Roundtable on Transportation provides its members with a forum to discuss land, air and sea transportation issues and their implications for the transatlantic relationship. Discussions with government and industry principals address policies related to air and sea traffic management, trade, homeland security, and energy and environmental concerns. The Roundtable cooperates closely with representatives from the European Commission, EU member states, the U.S. Administration and Congress, corporate executives and leading public policy organizations.

Recent Meetings:

On June 16, 2014, The European Institute held a special lunch discussion with Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency and Rich Swayze, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on enhancing air travel safety. Mr. Ky and Mr. Swayze emphasized the need for strong EU-U.S. cooperation in order to maintain strong global aviation safety standards. The discussion was moderated by Neil Planzer, Vice President for Airspace and Air Traffic Management, Digital Aviation at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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.

On December 13, 2012, The European Institute, in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal, held a seminar on the opportunities for greater transatlantic cooperation on blue growth, as both sides of the Atlantic seek to make the most of economic and innovation opportunities offered by the oceans. The transatlantic implications of the Panama Canal's expansion on U.S. and European maritime infrastructure,shipping sectors and global trade were also examined. Speakers included: Professor Manuel Pinto Abreu, Portugal’s Secretary of State of Sea; Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; Dr. David Conover, Director, Division of Ocean Science at the National Science Foundation; Greg Edwards, Director of External Affairs at the Virginia Port Authority; Yvette Fields, Director of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; Arthur Moye, Executive Vice President of the Virginia Maritime Association; Lidia Sequeira, President of Portugal’s Port of Sines; and The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, Co-Chair of the Oceans Caucus in the United States Senate. Dr. Wayne Talley, Economics Professor and Executive Director, International Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management Institute at Old Dominion University moderated the discussion.

On April 17th, The European Institute, in cooperation with the Embassy of Latvia and the Embassy of the Russian Federation, held a breakfast discussion on the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and its potential transformation into a key economic and commercial transcontinental corridor.  Panel speakers, including Aivis Ronis, Latvian Minister of Transportation; Oleg Stepanov, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Russian Federation; Antonio de Lecea, Principal Adviser at the Delegation of the European Union; The Honorable Robert Hormats, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; and Susan Kurland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Transportation, offered their perspectives on current efforts to shift the NDN from a military logistics system into a viable commercial link between Afghanistan and the international community.  Beyond economic benefits, the panel speakers indicated that the harmonization of regional attitudes, as well as transnational movement of ideas, promise to be products of this ongoing process to establish a “modern Silk Road.”

On January 20, 2012, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion of the Roundtable on Transportation and Infrastructure in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania. The panelists, which included The Honorable Eligijus Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications for the Republic of Lithuania; François Rivasseau, Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union; Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador Vytautas Nauduzas, Ambassador-at-Large, Special Envoy on Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania; and Dr. Eugenijus Gentvilas, Chief Executive Officer, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority discussed Lithuania’s concerted push to become a major European Transportation hub and the impact these infrastructure priorities are having on Europe's roadmap for a single european transport area as well as on the future of NATO's Northern Distribution Network.

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