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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United States Government Helps Retrieve Italian Cultural Heritage

By United States Ambassador to the European Union Anthony L. Gardner

On December 2, I was in Rome and met with the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy. I became interested in the work of a specialized art squad of the Carabinieri while reading The Medici Conspiracy. The book exposed a network of thieves and art dealers who smuggled the cultural antiquities of Europe and it highlighted the great work of the police who track them down.

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Blog Series on U.S.- EU Cooperation: Example 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Featured Image: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union  meets with  Fulbright-Schuman Grantees (February 2015)

This is the first entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some of our favorite examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. To kick things off: the Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program!

What is the Fulbright-Schuman Grant program?

Fulbright-Schuman is the flagship educational exchange program between the United States and the European. It funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens. The first exchanges took place a quarter of a century ago under the Transatlantic Declaration of 1990.

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2016 Open Doors Report: Exchange Students between Europe and the United States on the Rise

Every year, thousands of students from across the globe leave the comforts of their own home to study abroad. No matter what motivates them—to attend a world-class institution, to learn a language, to conduct research, to experience a different culture—these individuals will all gain important skills and knowledge that can help them succeed in a globalized 21st century.

The United States and the European Union both realize the importance of studying abroad. Exposing our future leaders to each other’s culture and traditions, and having our young citizens interact with each other fosters strong networks and enhanced understanding and cooperation. For this reason, the U.S. and the EU actively support student exchanges through initiatives such as the Fulbright-Schuman grants and the new Fulbright-Schuman innovation grant programs.

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Ambassador Gardner on U.S. Independence Day: “We’re Not Opting Out, We’re Opting In”

On June 30th, 2016, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony L. Gardner hosted a July 4th party at his residence in Brussels. During this event, Ambassador Gardner delivered a strong speech on the state of the U.S.-EU transatlantic Relationship to over 700 guests. The full text of Ambassador Garnder’s speech can be found below. 

Ambassador Gardner:

‎Thank you for joining this year’s July 4 celebrations. Thank you to all our generous sponsors for helping to make this event a success.

We’ve all enjoyed the Brussels summer. It reminds me of the walks I used to take with my father in the country on cloudy days. He would point to the smallest sliver of blue sky on the horizon and say: “Good weather is coming our way.” We need some of that American optimism in Brussels; we need some of that American confidence in the European Union!

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