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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Organizing movie screenings, debates, panels, and trips: the USEU PD’s Programs and Exchanges Unit

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist, U.S. Mission to the European Union.

Diplomacy does not have to be boring! Through the United States Mission to the European Union’s (USEU) Public Diplomacy Section, people interested in EU policy making can learn about topics that the United States (U.S.) cares deeply about in an interesting and entertaining fashion: by attending movie screenings, networking events, panel discussions, and even receiving scholarships or getting sent on an educational visit to the United States.

Since the United States was founded in 1776, it has always had a very close relationship with Europe, which has only grown stronger with the establishment of the European Union (EU) after World War II. In Brussels, USEU is tasked with helping to preserve and strengthen the ties between the two strong political and economic blocks and advancing U.S. policy priorities. This interaction does not only happen between senior diplomats behind closed doors; USEU also directly engages with scholars, researchers, activists, journalists, citizens, and public servants who are active or interested in EU policy making in Brussels—often referred to as the “Brussels Bubble”—through its Public Diplomacy (PD) section. Continue reading “Organizing movie screenings, debates, panels, and trips: the USEU PD’s Programs and Exchanges Unit”

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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Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer: “We will continue to push for all the aspects of the Minsk agreement to be honored”

 

On April 18th 2016, the United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and  Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel B. Baer, led a discussion with diplomats, journalists and civil society members at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels (GMF), in cooperation with the U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU), on the OSCE’s role in the Russia/Ukraine crisis.

The OSCE, founded in Helsinki in 1975, offers a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. Continue reading “Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer: “We will continue to push for all the aspects of the Minsk agreement to be honored””