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 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

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”

Talking Trade: Stories of the Transatlantic Exchange

This is the first post in a weeklong #TalkingTrade blog series on the current transatlantic trade relationship.

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

The Brussels EU bubble is a city that speaks 24 languages officially and wonk universally, where Eurocrats reign supreme and “alphabet soup” is as much a part of the local cuisine as waffles and fries. Of course, I say all of this lovingly. This summer, I have the privilege of interning in the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Mission to the EU, and so this city of acronyms, suits, and minute details has become my temporary home.

Featured imageIf there is one acronym I cannot get out of my head, it is most certainly T-TIP, short for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. T-TIP is often printed in bold on the front pages of newspapers (in 24 languages of course) and graffitied on city walls around Brussels. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hashtag was trending on twitter. While it is natural to focus on the current negotiations and consider what a final agreement will entail, it is also worth exploring the substantial existing transatlantic trade relationship that will serve as T-TIP’s foundation. Continue reading “Talking Trade: Stories of the Transatlantic Exchange”

A New View of USEU: Lights, Camera, Action!

By Nile Johnson, Deputy Press Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the EU

Ambassador Gardner at a Charity event for Missing Children
Ambassador Gardner at a Charity event for Missing Children

As summer kicks off in Brussels, the USEU Public Affairs Social Media Team continues to engage our audience through a variety of press and social media platforms. This time around, we’re excited to have Ambassador Gardner involved in the action! We’re proud to share the first ever USEU Ambassador in Review video, a highlight reel of some of Ambassador Gardner’s most exciting and substantive public engagement events from the month of May. Ultimately, we hope to give the public a peek into the professional life of our Ambassador. Continue reading “A New View of USEU: Lights, Camera, Action!”