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

By Lawrence Norton, United States Treasury Representative for Europe (Featured Image Source: Share America)

At least twice a year, U.S. and EU regulatory experts take part in the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum (“Forum”). The Forum, which alternates between Washington and Brussels, is an important venue for transatlantic financial regulatory cooperation. The Forum was previously known as the U.S.-EU Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, and has existed since 2002. In July 2016, the dialogue was enhanced, renamed, and re-launched by Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, and Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. The next Forum meeting will be held in Brussels in February 2017.

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USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

By Matteo Quattrocchi,Programs and Exchange Assistant at the U.S. Mission to the EU A colleague here at United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) once described the annual Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, (CPDP) as “the funkiest conference in Brussels.” While I first laughed at that description, after my first CPDP experience this year I’ve come to agree. In a sea of “Brussels Bubble” … Continue reading USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner looks back at 2015

By United States Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Luzzatto Gardner 2015 was an eventful year, which proved that the US-EU bond is holding firm despite the many challenges facing the US-EU partnership – both within Europe and beyond. This year, I have been struck by the continued relevance, perhaps as never before, of our common transatlantic values. I feel very confident that the EU … Continue reading U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner looks back at 2015

Inside the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

By Brian Hardesty
(French version below)

As a Political Officer at USEU, I participated in the inaugural U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, which was held here in Brussels on December 5. The discussions’ candor and collegiality made clear just how much our values and interests converge across a range of important cyber issues, even if some of the specifics sound rather technical! The many areas we are in agreement may not make for the most scintillating headlines, but they will go a long ways toward ensuring the Internet remains open, interoperable, secure, and reliable. To put that in more human terms, as we approach the holidays that means making sure the Internet is there when we need it—now and in the future—to help us purchase tickets home, video chat with far flung family members, and find just the right gifts. More broadly, it’s helping to ensure people around the world can learn, express themselves, and grow small businesses.

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EEAS and State Department officials at the first U.S. – EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels on 5 December. Photo: USEU.

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