Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

By Marianne Drain, Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union There’s a look I get when I tell people I work on Standards. Eyes glaze. Subjects change. People suddenly need to use the restroom. Upon entering the EU, an immigration official, after asking a routine question on work, once told a Standards colleague, “wow – that sounds really boring!” So, … Continue reading Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

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

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

The Super Bowl and the Transatlantic Relationship

On Sunday, February 7th, life in the Unites States will briefly come to a halt. Streets will be vacated as people will gather in front of the television screens in homes, restaurants, and bars to watch the final of the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season, more commonly known as “The Super Bowl”. Of the more than 110 million people who generally watch the game … Continue reading The Super Bowl and the Transatlantic Relationship

Talking Trade with an Eye to the Future

By Allison Aaronson, Public Affairs Intern at the U.S. Mission to the EU

Today marks the final day of our weeklong blog series, Talking Trade: Stories of the Transatlantic Exchange.

We started off the week with our newest form of trade:  the digital economy.  U.S. Mission to the EU (USEU) Economic Officer Steve Conlon gave us the inside scoop on the U.S. – EU Information Society Dialogue, where he and his colleagues met with their EU counterparts to discuss how we can work together to balance digitally fueled economic growth with high standards of privacy and security.

wrap up image 1Next, USEU Agricultural Minister Counselor Jim Higgiston told us about agricultural trade and its strong, positive influence on our economies. We also learned about some of the agreements supporting transatlantic agricultural trade and simplifying the system for small and medium sized farmers, including the U.S.- EU Organic Equivalency Agreement and the U.S.- EC Wine Agreement. Continue reading “Talking Trade with an Eye to the Future”