United States Ambassador to the European Union: “Everything we have accomplished is because of our shared vision and hard work”

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.

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Blog Series on U.S.-EU Cooperation part 4: U.S.-EU Security and Defense Cooperation

This is the fourth entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some good examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. This week: U.S.-EU Cooperation in Security and Defense

Prior posts on U.S. – EU Cooperation:

Part 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Part 2: Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

Part 3: the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

The United States and the European Union have successfully enhanced our practical EU-U.S. security and crisis response management cooperation, especially U.S. cooperation with the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy operations, the EU’s mechanism for deploying crisis management missions around the world. U.S. and EU personnel and forces continue to work hand-in-hand to address crises in international security, particularly in Africa.

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Fighting Terrorism through Customs Trade Partnerships

By Shawn Beddows, Deputy Attache, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Mission to the European Union

It is no secret that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 forever changed the world we live in. As a legacy U.S. Customs Inspector working in Newark, NJ on that fateful day, I can vividly recall the chaotic moments following the impacts of the planes into the World Trade Center buildings, which I could see from my office in the Newark/Elizabeth Seaport. Several of us quickly secured the perimeter of the U.S. Customs office building as the Twin Towers eventually collapsed in front of our eyes. It was at that moment that one of my colleagues, looked at me and said, “This job will never be the same again!” He could not have been anymore prophetic on that day.

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College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department

(Featured Image Source: EUnited against Extremism Facebook page)

From the 24th to the 28th of June 2016, the “EUnited against Extremism” team from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium competed in Washington DC in the Peer 2 Peer Global Competition to challenge extremism, sponsored by the United States State Department and Facebook. In this competition, University students from around the world develop and execute campaigns and social media strategies against extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities. Of the 45 participating teams, the six finalists were invited to present their work at the State Department in Washington DC. Continue reading “College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department”

Screening of the Anthropologist: “Never work with children and animals”

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the EU

‘They say, never work with children or animals’, and now I know why.” With this statement, director Seth Kramer introduced his climate change documentary “the Anthropologist” to more than 300 attendees at the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels on May 19th, 2016. The screening, organized by the United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) and the United Nations (UN), was followed by a panel discussion with the movie’s director Seth Kramer, Anthropologist and Program Manager at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Christine Haffner-Sifakis, Greenland Representative Minniguaq Kleist, and USEU Environmental Officer Mark Robinson.

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