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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From plague columns to Global Health Security

By Dr. Karen Sliter, Regional Manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ International Services, and U.S. Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium One needs look no further than the plague columns scattered throughout European city squares to realize the impact infectious disease has had on the trajectory of human history.  Prior to the discovery of the … Continue reading From plague columns to Global Health Security

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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USEU Highlights Women Important to the Transatlantic Relationship

On March 29, 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented 14 women with the “International Women of Courage” Award. According to the State Department, this accolade “recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.” This year, there were three Europeans among the recipients. … Continue reading USEU Highlights Women Important to the Transatlantic Relationship

USAID Hosted Young EU Professionals to Discuss Development and Humanitarian Issues

by Marc Ellingstad, USAID Counselor of Mission for International Development at the U.S. Mission to the European Union and Lev Turner, USAID Advisor for Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Mission to the European Union Collectively, the EU (along with its member states) and the U.S. provide about 80% of official development assistance, thus coordination for the benefit of our development partners is critical. … Continue reading USAID Hosted Young EU Professionals to Discuss Development and Humanitarian Issues