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Events & Programs 2011 (January - April)
  • Ambassador Kennard making opening remarks with UCLA Professor Peter Baldwin, author of the book "Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike". Photo: State Dept.
    Just how different are the U.S. and Europe, really?

    28 April 2011 Over 50 guests joined Ambassador Kennard to participate to a spirited dialogue with UCLA Professor Peter Baldwin, author of the "Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike". Offering a European perspective to the debate was Nicole Bacharan, French historian and political analyst specializing in Transatlantic relations.  

  • U.S. Special Envoy Todd Stern briefing journalists. Photo: State Dept.
    U.S. Special Envoy Todd Stern briefs media on preparations for Durban

    27 April 2011 Mr. Stern visited in Brussels for the 10th meeting of the Major Economies Forum. Afterwards he gave a press conference at the Press Club Brussels Europe to brief media on how the meetings aim to advance prospects for a successful outcome in Durban.  

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    AmCham EU Cloud Computing Expert Seminar

    22 April 2011 Ambassador Kennard participated to the AmCham EU Cloud Computing Expert Seminar on the economic promise of cloud computing and what are the policy oppotunities to promote cloud competitiveness.  

  • Barbara J. Day, Domestic Resettlement Section Chief at the U.S. Department of State, providing an overview of the U.S.’s experience with refugee resettlement programs during the EU’s annual Resettlement Awareness Day at the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo: State Dept.
    U.S. Official Participates in EU Refugee Resettlement Awareness Day

    30 March 2011 Barbara J. Day, Domestic Resettlement Section Chief at the U.S. Department of State, provided an overview of the U.S.’s experience with refugee resettlement programs during the EU’s annual Resettlement Awareness Day at the European Parliament in Brussels.  

  • Lawrence Strickling from U.S. Department of Commerce and Daniel Weitzner from the White House briefing journalists at the U.S. Mission. Photo: State Dept.
    Senior U.S. officials on Obama administration efforts to improve online privacy

    23 March 2011 Lawrence Strickling (U.S. Department of Commerce) and Daniel Weitzner (White House) visited Brussels to exchange ideas with EU counterparts and brief international media on efforts by the Obama administration to improve the protection of online privacy in the United States. 

  • Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas White briefing 10 Serbians MEPs coming under a USNATO tour. Photo: State Dept.
    The U.S. Mission welcomed a group of 10 Serbians MEPs coming under a USNATO tour

    22 March 2011 Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas White briefed the group on the strong U.S.-EU relationship and explained how the Mission work changed since the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Political Officer David Haugen discussed more deeply on the current process of the Serbian accession to the EU. 

  • Group picture of Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas White and Political Officer Donald Sheehan with 7 Romanians MEPs invited to a briefing at the Mission under a USNATO tour. Photo: State Dept.
    7 Romanians MEPs invited to a briefing at the Mission under a USNATO tour

    18 March 2011 Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas White and Political Officer Donald Sheehan discussed the importance of the U.S.-EU relationship and how a strong support to each other can bring concrete results on international foreign affairs.  

  • Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern Briefing Journalists on Negotiations Progresses to meet the climate and clean energy challenge. Photo: State Dept.
    Special Envoy for Climate Change Briefs Journalists on Negotiations Progresses

    15 March 2011 U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern was in Brussels to meet with EU counterparts and participated to a media roundtable organized at the U.S. Mission to discuss continuing efforts to meet the climate and clean energy challenge.  

  • Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas J. White Briefing a Delegation of Lithuanian MEPs. Photo: State Dept.
    USNATO tour: Deputy Chief of Mission Briefs a Delegation of Lithuanian MEPs

    3 March 2011 The Deputy Chief of Mission, Thomas J. White, hosted a briefing with members of the Lithuanian parliament participating to a NATO tour. 

  • View of the public seeing the movie The Great Debaters featuring Actress Jurnee Smollett and Denzel Washington. Photo: State Dept.
    Actress Jurnee Smollett Dazzles Brussels with The Great Debaters

    3 March 2011 An audience of nearly 200 attended a March 3, 2011 event at the Palais des Beaux-Arts hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union William E. Kennard to celebrate Black History Month with the screening of the film “The Great Debaters” by Denzel Washington. Lead American actress Jurnee Smollett engaged the audience in a lively discussion. 

  • Ambassador William E. Kennard gaving remarks at the AmCham EU Transatlantic Conference in Brussels. Photo: Courtesy of Amcham EU
    Winning the Future Through Innovation

    3 March 2011 'Transatlantic Week': Ambassador William E. Kennard gave remarks at the AmCham EU Transatlantic Conference in Brussels on "Innovation in the Transatlantic Relationship: unlocking the potential of a 21st century economy."  

  • Ambassador William E. Kennard participating to a media roundtable with a dozen of journalists at the U.S. Mission. Photo: State Dept.
    Media Roundtable with U.S. Ambassador to the EU Kennard on Internet Freedom

    16 february 2011 On February 15, Secretary Clinton delivered a major policy speech on "Internet Rights And Wrongs: Choices & Challenges In A Networked World". Ambassador Kennard discussed with media reactions to Secretary Clinton's speech and work being done by policy makers on both side of the Atlantic. 

  • Deputy U.S. trade Representative Miriam E. Sapiro speaking during a briefing on the transatlantic trade relationship organized by the European Policy Centre and the U.S. Mission to the EU. Photo: State Dept.
    EPC Breakfast Policy Briefing: The Transatlantic Trade Relationship

    10 February 2011 The Deputy U.S. trade Representative Miriam E. Sapiro participated to a briefing on the transatlantic trade relationship organized by the European Policy Centre and the U.S. Mission to the EU.  

  • U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy Verveer discussed current Information Society issues in the U.S.-EU relationship, including Internet Freedom, cybersecurity, cloud computing and commercial data privacy with reporters at the U.S. Mission. Photo: State Dept.
    Media roundtable on Internet Freedom with U.S. Ambassador Philip Verveer

    9 february 2011 U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy Verveer discussed current Information Society issues in the U.S.-EU relationship, including Internet Freedom, cybersecurity, cloud computing and commercial data privacy as weel as his participation to the U.S.-EU Information Society Dialogue (ISD) on February 11. 

  • U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Countryman participating to a media briefing on the Balkans organized by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels. Photo: State Dept.
    Media briefing: Balkans Capable of Democratic Progress

    8 February 2011 U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Countryman participated to a media briefing on the Balkans organized by the U.S. Mission to the EU and gave a concrete overview of the U.S. policy towards the region and of the U.S.-EU cooperation in promoting democracy, rule of law, and closer ties between these countries and the EU.  

  • Afghan woman speaking during a conference organized U.S. Mission to the EU in cooperation with the European Foundation for Democracy, focusing on access to justice, women's rights and overall understanding of the enforcement of the rule of law in Afghanistan. Photo: State Dept.
    Afghan Speaker's Came to Brussels

    31 January 2011 and 1 February 2011 U.S. Mission to the EU in cooperation with the European Foundation for Democracy organized a media briefing with Afghan Speakers (click to see video), and with the European Policy Centre, a panel discussion focusing on access to justice, women's rights and overall understanding of the enforcement of the rule of law in Afghanistan (photo).  

  • Ambassador Kennard seen speaking with young innovators at the Brussels Hub. Photo: State Dept.
    Innovation Ecosystem discussion at the Brussels "Hub"

    27 January 2011 U.S. Ambassador to the EU, William Kennard, met with young entrepreneurs at the Brussels Co-Working HUB to discuss the importance of an U.S.-EU "Innovation Ecosystem" in supporting entrepreneurship and innovators. 

  • Speaker addressing an attentive audience during the conference: Rare Earths and other Critical Raw Materials: Towards a Security of Supply? Photo: State Dept.
    Rare Earths and other Critical Raw Materials: Towards a Security of Supply?

    26 January 2011 U.S. Mission to the EU in cooperation with the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI) brought together perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the challenges in securing these critical raw materials to support the growth of industry. 

  • Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor briefing journalists on Human Rights Abuses in Iran. Photo: State Dept.
    Senior U.S. Officials meets journalists on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

    25 January 2011 Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor participated to a media roundtable organized by USEU PA.  

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy and Human Rights Thomas Melia discussed with pan-European and Ukrainian media over human rights trends in Ukraine and Belarus at the U.S. mission. Photo: State Dept.
    Media Roundtable with Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia

    19 january 2011 DAS for Democracy and Human Rights Thomas Melia discussed with pan-European and Ukrainian media over human rights trends in Ukraine and Belarus during a media roundtable in Brussels on January 19. 

  • View of Ambassador Kennard welcoming his guests invited for a reception celebrating the new year 2011. Photo: State Dept.
    New Year Celebration

    12 January 2011 Ambassador Kennard welcomed EU Ambassadors, EU Officials and representatives from Brussels Think Tanks to celebrate the New Year 2011.  

  • Afghan journalists and EU-based Journalists in Brussels discussing the media environment in Afghanistan in the conference room at the U.S. Mission. Photo: State Dept.
    EU-based journalists learn about the media environment in Afghanistan

    12 January 2011 USEU brought together Afghan journalists and EU-based Journalists in Brussels. The Afghans journalists describes the growing quantity and quality of Afghan media outlets, despite challenges, and invites Western media to offer training to the new generation of Afghan journalists now numbering over 2000.  

  • USEU Counselor for Environment and Energy Louis Bono participating to a conference organized in Brussels by the Transatlantic Center at the University of Missouri with the EU Climate Change Negotiator Jos Delbeke. Photo: State Dept.
    Can the US and the EU find Common Ground on Climate Change?

    12 January 2010 USEU Counselor for Environment and Energy Louis Bono participated to a conference organized in Brussels by the Transatlantic Center at the University of Missouri with the EU Climate Change Negotiator Jos Delbeke.  

  • View of the panel of nine Somali community leaders from the US and Europe discussing their engagement with Diaspora communities and their homeland after they viewed with the film "Somalia Land ohne Gesetz” (Somalia, a Country without Laws) by filmmaker Ashwin Raman. Photo: State Dept.
    Film Screening of “Somalia, a Country without Laws”

    11 January 2011 United Mission to the EU, in partnership with the European Commission, organized a public discussion with the film "Somalia Land ohne Gesetz” (Somalia, a Country without Laws) by filmmaker Ashwin Raman. A panel of nine Somali community leaders from the US and Europe discussed their engagement with Diaspora communities and their homeland.  

  • DHS Secretary Napoletano speaking during a European Policy Centre event in Brussels. Photo: State Dept.
    DHS Secretary Napoletano Travels to Brussels

    06 January 2011 Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced a new initiative aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the global supply chain during a European Policy Centre event in Brussels. In Brussels, she also met with European Union officials.