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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USEU Co-Hosts a Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary “Winter on Fire”

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

On Tuesday, May 24, The United States Mission to the European Union (USEU), together with the Ukrainian Permanent Representation to the European Union, and the European Parliament, hosted a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)” about the large-scale Euromaidan protests against then-President Yanukovych in Kiev during the winter of 2013-2014. Some 200 senior diplomats, European politicians, members of the policy community, and press attended the event held in the regal Bozar theater in the center of Brussels, where two years earlier, President Obama delivered his first major foreign policy address following Russia’s occupation of Crimea (see transcript). After welcome remarks by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Andrej Plenkovic and Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister for European And Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Winter on Fire director Evgeny Afineevsky introduced his documentary with a moving speech on the strength and conviction of the protestors who stood up for their beliefs. After the screening–which received a standing ovation–Afineevsky responded to questions from the audience.

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The U.S. Elections, with a twist: Whiskey, Bagels, and “House of Cards”

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist at the United States Mission to the European Union.

Every four years, U.S. diplomatic personnel around the globe delve into their high school American Civics 101 textbooks and start honing up for the unavoidable questions on the U.S. elections process. What is a Superdelegate? Why the Electoral College? What is the difference between a Caucus and a Primary? This election year, European interest in the U.S. Presidential Elections seems stronger than ever, and the United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) is supporting a number of activities throughout the year to engage EU officials and publics on the process, through expert speakers, exchange programs, and dissemination of information via social media. Continue reading “The U.S. Elections, with a twist: Whiskey, Bagels, and “House of Cards””

United States remains committed to a comprehensive TTIP that will benefit SMEs

“T-TIP negotiations will also seek to open opportunities for SMEs in services, government procurement, intellectual property rights, and electronic commerce. As we look toward the 12th round of negotiations next month, I want to reiterate that the United States remains committed to a comprehensive transatlantic trade and investment partnership agreement that will benefit SMEs, and we are committed to finalizing the agreement under the Obama … Continue reading United States remains committed to a comprehensive TTIP that will benefit SMEs

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