It has been an honor to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union over the past three years.
I believe in the European Union and in the power of the U.S.-EU relationship to do good in the world. I am reminded each day that we are essential partners in a turbulent world.
As I come to the end of my term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It’s a long list and I’m proud of what we have achieved together.
First of all, the economic underpinnings of our transatlantic relationship remain strong. We have made progress and we will continue to do so, despite anti-globalization and anti-free trade headwinds.
We have made significant steps to restore trust in transatlantic data flows, including the finalization of an EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement and an agreement to facilitate the flow of information between law enforcement authorities.
We continue to believe that a well-constructed Digital Single Market will eliminate national barriers and promote economic growth.
We signed a landmark science and technology agreement that will eliminate the obstacles that have prevented U.S. research institutions from participating in EU research projects.
“Sky is not the limit”: US and EU sign Implementing Arrangement on Horizon 2020” (New Europe, October 17, 2016)
Together we brought Iran to the negotiating table and limited their nuclear ambitions. And we have maintained unity in implementing sanctions against Russia after its illegal annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in Southeast Ukraine.
We continue to collaborate with law enforcement agencies at a bilateral level and at Europol, cracking down on migrant smuggling networks, fighting online child sexual exploitation, combatting terrorist financing, and much more.
See blog post: “Fighting Traveling Sex Offenders” by Kamila Slanska, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Mission to the European Union
We made great strides on the security front, signing essential agreements to facilitate the exchange of confidential information and sale by the US of goods and services to EU military missions. And following the NATO Summit in Warsaw in June, NATO and the EU issued a joint declaration to combat hybrid warfare, improve cyber security and promote maritime cooperation.
We have worked together to reduce the EU’s energy dependence, especially in the gas market. We established for the first time an ambitious, durable climate regime, moving us closer to the goal of limiting global temperature increases to 2°C.
We continue to coordinate at a policy and country-program level to improve the quality and impact of international aid and relief.
As I have said on many occasions, the United States needs, as never before, a European Union that is cohesive, effective and outward looking to move forward on these issues and many others.
I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful, talented and passionate people at the EU institutions as well as in the private sector and right here at the U.S. Mission. Everything that we have accomplished has been possible because of our shared vision and our collective hard work.
In conclusion, I want to echo the words of Secretary of State John F. Kerry when he spoke in Brussels in October last year: “I encourage you all to believe in yourselves as much as we believe in you.”
Thank you. I look forward to continuing our work together.