Ambassador Sondland Opening Remarks at #DisinfoWeek Conference in Brussels

Ambassador Sondland Opening Remarks for #Disinfo Week Conference (as delivered) Thursday, March 7, 2019 Brussels, Belgium Welcome everyone. Just by being in this room tells me a lot about you, that you are concerned about this topic, that you believe it’s real, and even more importantly, that you believe something can be done about it. ...
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Ambassador Sondland Remarks at Press Conference on the Occasion of the Visit of the USS Donald Cook

Ambassador Sondland Remarks (as delivered) at Press Conference on the Occasion of the Visit of the USS Donald Cook Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Odesa, Ukraine Thank you Ambassador Volker, Commander Powell, Ambassador Yovanovitch. I’m Gordon Sondland, President Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union, and I am here for a very, very important reason. We’re here ...
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Joint Statement on the U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. Department of Treasury Press release February 12, 2019 Washington – U.S. and EU participants in the U.S.-EU Joint Financial Regulatory Forum met on February 5-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to exchange views on financial regulatory developments as part of their ongoing regulatory dialogue. EU participants included representatives of the European Commission, European Banking Authority ...
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Europe must retain control of its energy security

Op-Ed co-authored by U.S. Ambassadors to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Denmark, Carla Sands and to the EU, Gordon Sondland. This article was originally published in Deutsche Welle . The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will drastically increase Russia’s energy leverage over the EU. Such a scenario is dangerous for the bloc and the West as a whole, say ...
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Ambassador Sondland’s Speech at ETNO’s ‘State of Digital Communications’

Ambassador Sondland Remarks (as prepared) at ETNO’s State of Digital Communications Conference Thursday, January 31, 2019 Brussels Thank you Phillip for that introduction and to Lise Furh—ETNO’s President and Director General—for inviting me to offer remarks today. And of course thank you to Lise’s great team, Alessandro and Paolo. I also want to express my ...
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On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction ...
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U.S.-EU Satellite Agreement Helps Emergency Responders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 30, 2018 The 2018 hurricane season will officially end on Friday, November 30, and the United States is grateful to the European Union for its assistance during a season of intense and record-breaking storms. U.S. emergency managers have once again benefited from information provided by the ...
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Ambassador Sondland Remarks at the European Parliament’s Joint AFET Committee-U.S. Delegation Meeting

Ambassador Sondland Remarks at Joint AFET – US Delegation Session “Strengthening Transatlantic Ties by Building Relations with the European Parliament” Wednesday, November 21, 2018 European Parliament, Brussels Thank you, Christian, David, for the warm welcome. I feel very much at home at Parliament because, as my good friend speaker Paul Ryan says of the United ...
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A/S Wess Mitchell Remarks at Heritage Foundation on the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Wess Mitchell (as delivered) Forum in Commemoration of the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-1933 Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C. November 15, 2018 A/S Mitchell: Thank you for the kind introduction, Michael. It really is an honor to be here and see so many friends, Ukrainian and American friends, and ...
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Ambassador Sondland’s remarks at EPC Breakfast Policy Briefing

November 13, 2018 Remarks by Ambassador Gordon Sondland (as delivered) European Policy Centre (EPC) Breakfast Policy Briefing “The State of the Transatlantic Partnership: A U.S. Perspective” Brussels, Belgium Thank you, Fabian. Wow, what an auspicious and distinguished group. Who did you come to see this morning? If I’m the opening act, who is the headline? ...
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Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

On 9 November 2018, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington DC. The United States of America hosted the meeting and was represented by the U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Secretary for Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. The European Union was represented by the Commissioner for Migration, ...
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Statement by Ambassador Sondland in the wake of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Statement by Ambassador Gordon Sondland October 29, 2018 Brussels, Belgium “I wish to express my shock and sadness upon hearing about the terrible attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, and my thoughts go out to the victims and their families. As the son of Holocaust survivors, this has personal importance ...
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Joint Press Statement from Commissioner Věra Jourová and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the Second Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 19, 2018 Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Commissioner Věra Jourová made the following statement regarding the second annual U.S.-E.U. Privacy Shield review: “Senior officials from the United States Government, the European Commission, and European Data Protection Authorities are meeting in Brussels this week to conduct the second ...
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Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the United States, Japan, and the European Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, met in New York on 25 September 2018. Statement on Concerns with Non-Market-Oriented Policies and Practices of Third Countries The Ministers reiterated ...
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The power and potential of the US-EU relationship

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, originally published in Politico Europe. Reinvigorating how the US Mission to the EU does business. Politico Europe (Sept 7, 2018) – BRUSSELS — Spend time in Europe or the United States these days and you will see a lot of handwringing about the state of the ...
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Crimea Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ...
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The European Union and the United States of America Hold Their Eighth Energy Council Meeting

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 12, 2018 The following is a joint statement by the United States and the European Union: The eighth EU-U.S. Energy Council met today in Brussels. This was the first meeting of the Energy Council during the Administration of President Donald J. Trump and allowed for a ...
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FAA-EC Pact Paves the Way for Lower Costs for U.S. Manufacturers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission (EC) have signed a decision that will pave the way to lower fees that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) charges U.S. manufacturers to validate their design approvals. The agreement–called Bilateral Oversight Board Decision 0008 (BOB 0008) (PDF)–was formalized at the 17th Annual FAA-EASA International Safety ...
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A/S Wess Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe

A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Brussels, Belgium June 21, 2018 Thank you Tomas for that very warm introduction. And I can tell you that the feelings are entirely mutual. I appreciate the friendship that I’ve developed with Tomas over the years and have great respect for him as an ...
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Remarks by A/S Wess Mitchell: Anchoring the Western Alliance

A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC June 5, 2018 Good morning everyone, it’s really great to see a lot of friends in the audience and I appreciate you all being here today. I’d like to thank Heritage Foundation for inviting me to speak today. I ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s remarks on the release of the 2017 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 Good morning, everyone. It is my great privilege to join you this morning and to release the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report . This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the world. Religious freedom is ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub’s Remarks at the Polish Perm Rep Event on Energy Security

May 25, 2018 Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub “CEE As Gas Gateway” Event at the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU Brussels, Belgium Thank you for the opportunity to address you today. I would like to thank the governments of Poland and Ukraine, as well as the European Commission, for organizing this important and ...
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Secretary Pompeo: On the Occasion of Europe Day

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2018 On Europe Day, we send our congratulations to the citizens of the European Union. The United States recognizes the EU as one of our closest partners on our most important objectives abroad. For decades, the EU has collaborated with the U.S. on a ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity 2018 – Closing Date: June 15, 2018

The U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) is soliciting proposals for projects designed for Brussels-based EU audiences with the goal(s) of advancing the U.S.-EU partnership on common foreign policy and security objectives. USEU will award cooperative agreements or grants for projects to be carried out in Brussels and EU Member States, and the United ...
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U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

May 1, 2018: From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the ...
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Secretary Pompeo Travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Brussels, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman, April 26-30. The Secretary looks forward to meeting key Allies and partners on his first official trip as Secretary of State. The Secretary will travel to Brussels April 26-27, where he will meet with NATO ...
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Presidential Proclamation honoring Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Presidential Proclamation April 18, 2018 On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character.  As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.  Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish ...
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On the Chemical Attack in Douma

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2018 We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including ...
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Treasury Designates Russian Oligarchs, Officials, and Entities in Response to Worldwide Malign Activity

Press Release: U.S. Department of the Treasury April 6, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in consultation with the Department of State, today designated seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company ...
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The Value of the U.S.-European Alliance: From the Marshall Plan to Today

A. Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs April 5, 2018 Seven decades ago, Americans made a decision to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. The six years of fighting that followed Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 left much of the European continent in ruins. Many of Western Europe’s largest and ...
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Remarks by DAS Sandra Oudkirk, Bureau of Energy Resources, at Martens Centre in Brussels

Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk’s Remarks at Martens Centre Event: Economics vs. Geopolitics? Nord Stream 2, Ukraine, and Europe’s Energy Security Brussels, March 20, 2018 Energy security is fundamental to the stability of our transatlantic relationship; it’s fundamental to U.S. national security and economic prosperity for all of us. It’s a critical component of achieving ...
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State Department Press Release: Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury ...
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Remarks by Joan Polaschik, A/PDAS of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting

Remarks (as delivered) by Joan Polaschik, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting March 20, 2018 Good afternoon. I’m very glad to be here with you today. I’d like to start with a message from our Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks on U.S.-Africa relations at George Mason University

March 6, 2018 Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson “U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework” at George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as ...
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Joint Statement on United States of America and European Union Holding the 15th Information Society Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the European Union on the occasion of the 15th Information Society Dialogue. Begin Text: On 1 February 2018, Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) Director for International Affairs, European Commission, ...
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Remarks by Jason D. Greenblatt, Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations, at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting

Remarks (as delivered) by Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President & Special Representative For International Negotiations, at the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting January 31, 2018 Good afternoon, friends and colleagues. Thank you very much for being here today. I want to begin by expressing my thanks to the European Union and High Representative ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub’s Remarks at the European Parliament SEDE Subcommittee Hearing

January 25, 2018 Remarks (as prepared) by Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub Security and Defence Committee hearing at the European Parliament Brussels, Belgium Madame Chair, Mrs. Fotyga, and Vice Chairs Ehler, Stetina, Moody, and Losing, thank you for the invitation to meet with you today. It’s good to see you again, and I appreciate the opportunity ...
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Press Releases: Peaceful Protests in Iran

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2017 We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As ...
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The United States and the European Union Agree to Expand Cooperation In the areas of Aviation Safety and Air Traffic Management Modernization

U.S.  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization.
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Secretary Tillerson and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini Joint Statement to the Media

Remarks December 5, 2017 Brussels, Belgium MODERATOR:  (In progress) ladies and gentlemen, and welcome.  High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just had a bilateral meeting and will deliver press statements to update you on their discussions. High Representative, you have the floor. HIGH REPRESENTATIVE MOGHERINI:  Thank you, Maja, ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Travel to Brussels, Vienna, and Paris

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC (November 30, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; and Paris, France, December 4-8. On December 4, he will arrive in Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the December 5-6 NATO Foreign ...
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Secretary Tillerson delivers remarks at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., November 28 — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered remarks on “The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances” on Tuesday, November 28th at the Wilson Center in D.C.  The full transcript including the discussion with Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman is available here . A video of the remarks can be viewed ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub opening remarks at the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Conference

November 16, 2017 Remarks (as prepared) by Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Conference Brussels, Belgium Good afternoon and thank you for that kind introduction. I am very happy to join with our excellent partners, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Mission of Canada to the European Union with whom ...
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Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Mitchell Travels to Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and Kyiv

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 5, 2017 Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; London, England; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Kyiv, Ukraine, November 6-16, to underscore the U.S. commitment to our transatlantic alliance and to our partnerships. On November 6, he ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub’s Remarks at AmCham Estonia’s Transatlantic Business Conference

November 3, 2017 Remarks (as prepared) by Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub AmCham Estonia Transatlantic Business Conference Tallinn, Estonia Thanks to Ambassador Melville for inviting me to participate today. Thank you to former Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimanus for her remarks and her sustained efforts to promote strong bilateral and transatlantic relations And most of all, thank you ...
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FDA takes unprecedented step toward more efficient global pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections

October 31, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined the agency will recognize eight European drug regulatory authorities as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. The eight regulatory authorities found to be capable are those located in: Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and the United ...
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Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross Welcomes Release of the Commission’s Report on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today welcomed the release of the European Commission’s report on the first annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (Framework) . The report concludes that the Framework continues to provide an adequate level of privacy protection under EU law and that the necessary structures have been implemented to ensure the functioning of the Framework. The accompanying staff document details the work ...
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CFTC Comparability Determination on EU Margin Requirements and a Common Approach on Trading Venues

Friday, October 13, 2017 – Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo today announced determinations by the CFTC and the European Commission (EC) on comparability and equivalence of margin requirements for uncleared swaps, as well as a common approach regarding certain CFTC and European Union (EU) authorized derivatives ...
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Remarks by CDA Shub at the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States

Remarks (as delivered) by Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub Exchange of Views on EU-US Relations and Objectives, Delegation for Relations with the United States at the European Parliament Brussels, Belgium September 27, 2017 Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Thank you to the committee, the delegation, YIPA, and all of your colleagues. I am delighted to ...
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Remarks by DAS Scott Busby at European Parliament hearing on the rights of LGBTI people

Remarks by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor at European Parliament Public Hearing on the Rights of LGBTI People Outside the EU and Implementation of the EU September 25, 2017 It is real pleasure to be here today to represent the United States.  Thank you to the European Parliament and its ...
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Treasury, USTR Sign Covered Agreement on Prudential Insurance and Reinsurance Measures with the European Union

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today (September 22) signed a covered agreement (the Agreement) on prudential insurance and reinsurance measures with the European Union (EU).  Treasury and USTR also jointly issued a policy statement clarifying how the United States views implementation of certain provisions of ...
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Joint Press Statement from Secretary Ross and Commissioner Jourova on the Privacy Shield Review

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 This week, officials from across the United States Government, the European Commission, and EU data protection authorities gathered in Washington, DC to conduct the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework established in 2016. This first annual review marks an important milestone for the Framework and for U.S.-EU cooperation ...
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Fulbright-Schuman awards now accepting applications for 2018-2019

The Fulbright-Schuman program is now accepting applications from European students and scholars to study or conduct research in the United States on transatlantic relations. This prestigious award enables European students and academics of all EU Member States the opportunity to advance their study or research at a U.S. university or institution for a period of ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 15, 2017 The White House applauds the preparation efforts in advance of the first annual joint review of the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield.  We firmly believe that the upcoming review will demonstrate the strength of the American promise to protect the personal data of citizens ...
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Eyes in the Sky and Diplomacy on the Ground: U.S.-EU Share Satellite Data in Response to Dangerous Hurricanes

Author: Judith G. Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs On August 25, as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Texas, an urgent call went out from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to our European partners.  FEMA wanted to activate the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS), a critical data-sharing ...
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European Union Director of Military Staff Visits AFRICOM

August 28, 2017 – A top European Union military leader visited Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, in Stuttgart, Germany, to discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic relationship between the two entities, Aug. 24. Lt. Gen. Esa Pulkkinen, the Director General of the EU Military Staff and Director of the EU Military Planning and Conduct Capability, spent ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

August 21, 2017 – Washington D.C. Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

On Monday August 15, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report at the U.S. Department of State. The report, which is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, details the status of religious freedom in 199 countries, and documents reported violations or abuses committed by governments, terrorist groups, and individuals. ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks at a Press Availability

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC August 1, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? QUESTION: Good. MS NAUERT: Look who I brought. (Laughter.) Secretary Tillerson joins us today. QUESTION: Welcome to our briefing room. MS NAUERT: Yes. QUESTION: Who is – who’s the little, little guy? ...
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United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travels to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017   United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians. On July 24, ...
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Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Open Skies Policy and 10th Anniversary of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement

Today the United States and the European Union (EU) mark the 25th anniversary of the first U.S. Open Skies agreement, with the Netherlands and the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-European Union Open Skies Agreement.
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

"We can see U.S. support for NATO's forward presence extended out to 2020 for the security of the United States and all NATO nations. We can see the $4.8 billion requested by President Trump last month for the European reassurance initiative, an increase over our commitment last year.  Beyond any words in the newspapers, you ...
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Independence Day Celebration

Photo Credit: Sander de Wilde Photography Independence Day Celebration Remarks Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub Brussels, Belgium June 21, 2017 Good evening to everybody. We’re delighted you’re all here. I know English isn’t the only language in the European Union so I’ll say Bon soir, Guten Abend, Buenas noches, Bona sera, Добрый вечер. I’d like to ...
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Joint EU-U.S. press statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

The European Union and United States of America underlined the critical importance of their cooperation in the area of Justice and Home Affairs and the need to sustain and deepen cooperation while facing shared security challenges, for the benefit of the security of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.
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United States Statement on Trade for the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (June 6, 2017)

Paris – The United States released the following statement on trade policy in response to the Chair’s Statement and alongside the Consensus Statement of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting: “The United States believes that free and fair trade and international investment can lead to economic growth and job creation.  ...
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Readout of USTR Robert Lighthizer’s Meeting with the European Union Commissioner

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström held a cordial first meeting while attending the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. They underscored their shared interest for strengthening the U.S.-EU trade and economic relationship and addressing mutual global trade concerns.
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On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan (June 6, 2017)

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 6, 2017 Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central ...
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Photo Slide Show: 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

On June 5 1947, U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall proposed the extension of massive economic assistance to the devastated nations of Europe, saying that “its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the existence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can ...
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Press Release: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton to Travel to Brussels (May 26, 2017)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 26, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Susan Thornton and Ambassador Joe Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with European counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the East Asia and ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with European Union Leaders

May 25, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met May 25th in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The leaders reaffirmed the strong bond between the United States and Europe, anchored in shared values and longstanding friendship. The leaders discussed the United States’ and the European Union’s shared challenges ...
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Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (May 15, 2017)

(Image AP) The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release May 15, 2017 Remarks by the Vice President and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer at a Swearing-in Ceremony The Indian Treaty Room 3:42 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Senator.  And to all of our honored guests, good afternoon. On behalf of the President of the United States, today it will be my great privilege ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (May 10, 2017)

Readout, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, May 10, 2017  (Image AP) The below is attributable to Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance of defeating ISIS, de-escalating the violence in ...
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Press Release by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Europe Day (May 9, 2017)

Press Statement, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington DC, May 9, 2017 In honor of Europe Day, I join all Americans in offering our best wishes to the citizens of the European Union. The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ties, and mutual commitment to addressing global challenges. The United States deeply appreciates ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at the Foreign Affairs Day Memorial Plaque Ceremony (May 5, 2017)

Remarks, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 5, 2017  (Image AP) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Barbara. I also want to thank our Armed Forces Color Guard for the presentation of the color, and obviously, for their service to our country. And I would say I was surprised and delighted to see one of my staff, Katie Nutt, singing the national anthem, but she did ...
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Press Release: Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2017)

Press Release, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270607.htm Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Occasion of Poland’s Constitution Day (May 2, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270585.htm Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Poland on the 226th anniversary of your historic constitution. The United States and Poland are close friends, and our partnership continues to strengthen. We share democratic values, strong cultural and ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

  Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 26, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270464.htm Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day (April 24, 2017)

Press Statement, Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/270416.htm Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Press Releases: Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine (Apr. 23, 2017)

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner , Acting Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 23, 2017 (Image AP) https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/04/270397.htm The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern ...
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Department of State Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Apr 19, 2017)

https://useu.usmission.gov/wp-admin/post-new.php (Image AP) Notice to the Press, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, April 19, 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom HaShoah in Hebrew – marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This year, Yom HaShoah will be observed in the United States on April 24, which corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability (Apr 12, 2017)

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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation (April 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/269632.htm QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, John, I think that the President was quite clear in his statement that he ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Tillerson With George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week (Apr 9, 2017)

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/ QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, George, I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority, ...
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Press Releases: Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon Travel to Brussels and Rome

Press Releases: Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon Travel to Brussels and Rome Office of the Spokesperson, Washington D.C., April 4, 2017 Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon , Under Secretary for Political Affairs, will travel to Brussels on April 5 to participate in the conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.” The Conference is co-chaired by the European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations. ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (March 30, 2017)

    Ankara, Turkey, March 30, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (In progress) Minister Cavusoglu, and I am privileged to be visiting Turkey today, a NATO ally and a friend of the United States in a very turbulent part of the world. I met with President Erdogan and the foreign minister to convey President Trump’s commitment to strengthening ...
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Press Release: Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Ankara and Brussels (March 24, 2017)

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, Department of State, Washington, DC, March 24, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Ankara, Turkey, on March 30, to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish government officials, continuing the United States’ high-level engagement with our NATO Ally. Secretary Tillerson will ...
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Readout of Vice president Mike Pence’s Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini (Mar 22, 2017)

  READOUT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT’S MEETING WITH EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE AND VICE PRESIDENT FEDERICA MOGHERINI The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and ...
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Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum̶

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, March 16, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted ...
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Tillerson: Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today (March 6, 2017)

Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, March 6, 2017 https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/03/268230.htm SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty ...
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State Department Press Release: International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017)

Press Releases: International Women’s Day     Mark C. Toner , Acting Spokesperson, March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world. We have seen firsthand the benefits of women’s empowerment—politically, economically, and socially. ...
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Statement From U.S. Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross on International Trade in Goods and Services in January 2017 (Mar 07, 2017)

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Mar 07, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement today on the release of the January 2017 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services monthly data. The trade deficit in January stood at $48.5 billion, a 9.6 percent increase from December. U.S. imports of goods and services increased ...
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FDA News Release: Mutual Recognition promises new framework for pharmaceutical inspections for United States and European Union

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm544357.htm The United States and the European Union (EU) completed an exchange of letters to amend the Pharmaceutical Annex to the 1998 U.S.-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. Under this agreement, U.S. and EU regulators will be able to utilize each other’s good manufacturing practice inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. The amended agreement ‎represents the culmination of nearly ...
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Blog: Studying European approaches to integrating refugees into the labor force: an interview with Fulbright-Schuman Recipient Narintohn Luangrath

Every year since 1990 the United States (U.S.) State Department and the Directorat General for Education and Culture of the European Commission have jointly funded an average of twenty Fulbright-Schuman grants  to support graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. The program, administered by the Commission ...
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Tillerson: On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress (March 1, 2017)

Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/03/268088.htm As the President laid out in his address to Congress , the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where ...
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Remarks by the Vice President and European Council President Tusk (Feb 20, 2017)

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Secretary Tillerson’s First Day as Secretary of State (Feb. 2, 2017)

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: On his first day at the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a number of introductory calls to key allies and partners. In addition to his meeting with Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Secretary Tillerson also spoke by phone with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks to Employees (Feb 2, 2017)

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s a pleasure to be here, obviously. I’ve been anxious to ...
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New USEU Website

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has four sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The four sections are: Our Relationship – Information on our current Government Leaders and the ...
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Remarks at 3d Annual European Family Business Summit Lisbon, November 18, 2016

Thank you for inviting me here today. I feel a special connection with this city. My grandparents, mother and uncle set sail from Lisbon in April 1941 aboard the Serpa Pinto, a small Portuguese ship, bound for New York. They were fleeing Italian Fascism and the 1938 Racial Laws in order to seek refuge in ...
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Why US, EU need to work together to defeat terrorism

By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner This article is part of New Europe’s: Our World in 2016 Belgium – Brussels : Bertrand Naverret trained as a lawyer, but gave up his law practice to work as a carpenter and surf the waves off Capbreton. On November 13, 2015, Bertand was tragically murdered by terrorists in Paris while ...
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Press Release: U.S. and EU Sign Implementing Arrangement on Horizon 2020

Press Statement Brussels, Belgium, October 17, 2016 USEU Public Affairs Office On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Gardner, and the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, signed an Implementing Arrangement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Commission to enhance transatlantic cooperation ...
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Remarks at Occasion of the Signing Ceremony for the Implementing Arrangement on Cooperation (Oct 17, 2016)

Thank you Commissioner Moedas for inviting me to today’s signing ceremony for the Implementing Arrangement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Commission to enhance transatlantic cooperation on science, technology, and innovation. U.S.-EU research cooperation is deep and wide. In fact, when it comes to U.S.-EU research cooperation, the sky ...
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Press Release: Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan

Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 5, 2016 The following is the text of a joint communique issued by the 75 countries and over 22 international organizations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The Brussels Conference was opened by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the European Policy Centre September 26, 2016

European Policy Center, September 26, 2016 Speech delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony L. Gardner “The State of Transatlantic Relations” When I told my son, then aged 13, that I had been appointed US Ambassador to the European Union, he looked at me, his eyes wide with disbelief and said “You?” I thought ...
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Press Release: DHS and Slovak Republic sign agreement to provide information on the travel of convicted child sex offenders

Bratislava, September 22, 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin and the Head of Office of the Minister of the Interior of the Slovak Republic Dušana Višňovská officially signed an agreement on September 22 in Bratislava to provide information on the travel of convicted child sex offenders between the ...
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Press Release: Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (July 12, 2016)

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined European Union Commissioner Věra Jourová to announce the approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Framework is a milestone achievement that will provide strong data privacy and facilitate more trade and job creating investments in both the U.S. and Europe. Read her Remarks
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at Chatham House on Global Trade (July 11, 2016)

Thank you, Nicolle for that kind introduction. I also would like to thank Dr. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, for organizing this event, and for the invitation to speak here this afternoon. There is a great deal of public anxiety and anger, evident in the growing populism and demagogy on both sides of the ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at Amcham Dublin (5 July 2016)

It is good to be back in Dublin. Although I can’t claim any Irish ancestry, my Spanish wife is a Mac-Crohon with strong Irish roots in County Kerry. So my better half is indeed better. It is a relief to be here and not have to talk about the U.S. election campaign. As a representative ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s remarks at the Independence Day celebrations (June 30, 2016)

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 ...
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Podcast: Interview Amy Wilson – U.S. Mission to the EU – on the Global Refugees Crisis (June 20, 2016)

On Monday 20 June it’s World Refugee Day. Amy Wilson, Humanitarian and Migration Officer at the U.S. Mission to the EU explains in a podcast why this year is different from other years. She also sets out what the U.S. is doing domestically, in Europe and the Middle East to help address the global refugee ...
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Press Release: U.S. Power Africa Initiative Pledges $10 Million Support for European Union Electrification Financing Initiative (June 15, 2016)

BRUSSELS – The United States is providing $10 million through its Power Africa initiative to support for the European Union Electrification Financing Initiative, or “ElectriFI”. United States Agency for International Development Associate Administrator Eric Postel and a representative of the European Commission signed an agreement launching the initiative today at European Development Days. The agreement ...
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Press Release: Under Secretary Sewall Launches Initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue

Brussels, Belgium, June 8, 2016 Department of State Under Secretary Sarah Sewall led the U.S. delegation to the initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue on June 8 in Brussels, Belgium. The U.S.-EU SDD is a quadrilateral exchange between the U.S. and EU foreign affairs and development assistance agencies. The U.S. delegation to this also included ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks on Data Protection, AmCham Belgium (May 25, 2016)

Data drives the modern economy.  It should by now be clear to all of us that for the full potential of the digital economy to be realized, governments, the private sector, and civil society need to work together, to collaborate to strike an appropriate balance that respects fundamental rights of individuals and allows continued innovation ...
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Speech by Ambassador Gardner: “The Internet of Things: A Transatlantic Bridge to the Future”, 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit, Bru

Thank you for the introduction. I am pleased to be here because the topic of this conference is of fundamental importance to the future of our economies in Europe and the United States; and it also represents a major opportunity for transatlantic collaboration. The scale of the opportunities and challenges related to the Internet of ...
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Podcast: Interview (3) with Jim Allen, Regional Director for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Europe & Africa

Jim Allen gives a broad overview of the Joint Investigative Teams (JIT) – a new US/EU program – and on examples of successfully completed bilateral drugs cases. This podcast is the second in a series of three on U.S.-EU cooperation on the fight against drugs. Read Transcript  (PDF 298 KB)
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Podcast: Interview (2) with Jim Allen, Regional Director for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Europe & Africa

Jim Allen explores how large the US and EU drug consumer markets really are. He also sets out the logic behind the international drugs market and drugs trafficking. This podcast is the second in a series of three on U.S.-EU cooperation on the fight against drugs. Read Transcript  (PDF 84,1 KB)
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Interview (1) with Jim Allen, Regional Director Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Europe & Africa

In this podcast Jim Allen explains what the United States and European Union are doing together to combat international drugs trade and whether or not ISIL is also being funded with profit from illicit drugs trade. This podcast is the first in a series of three on U.S.-EU cooperation on the fight against drugs. Read Transcript  (PDF ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the European University Institute, The US-EU Relationship: Holding Firm in Turbulent Times

It is good to be back at the European University Institute. Under Professor Weiler’s outstanding leadership, this institute continues to provide important intellectual input on EU affairs, as it has for the past 40 years. As the European project continues to be confronted with serious challenges, your work is needed now more than ever before. ...
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Podcast: Interview with DAS Kenneth Merten, Haiti Special Coordinator, on US-EU cooperation on Haiti

Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten came to Brussels from 1 to 5 April 2016 to continue multilateral coordination between the U.S. Government and the European Union in their efforts toward strengthening democracy, security, and improving economic opportunity in Haiti. Listen to the podcast for more details about his visit and the upcoming elections in Haiti. ...
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Press Release: Remarks of Secretary Lew on the Evolution of Sanctions & Lessons for the Future at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thank you for the kind introduction. As many of you know, Ambassador Burns and I were close colleagues at the State Department. Bill is an American treasure, one of the great diplomats of our day, and a good friend. It is a pleasure to be here with him and all of you today. And thank ...
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Speech: Ambassador Gardner’s Address to the U.S. and EU Joint Security Workshop (March 23, 2016)

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Good morning.  I want to thank Rob Wainwright and his staff for working with the United States and the European Commission to organize this first ever joint EU and US security workshop. I also want to thank Commissioner Avramopoulos and all of the staff at DG ...
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Speech: Remarks to American Chamber’s 2016 Transatlantic Conference (Mar 17, 2016)

It is always a pleasure to be at Amcham. Thank you to the superb team at AmChamEU and each of the Member State AmChams for all the excellent work you do to promote the interests of American companies in Europe. It is a relief to be here and not have to talk about the U.S. ...
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Interview with Ambassador Gardner (Handelsblatt 3/11/2016): “We are making progress”

By Nicole Bastian | Handelsblatt no. 050 3/11/2016 Washington’s Ambassador to the EU wants to explain T-TIP better. After the twelfth round of negotiations on T-TIP, the free trade agreement that has proven unpopular in lots of places, Gardner is traveling around Germany to do some persuading.  Talking to Handelsblatt in Düsseldorf, this proved a ...
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Interview with Ambassador Gardner: “US-Botschafter am Schleifbock” Rheinische Post (8 March 2016)

Rheinische Post 8. März 2016 | Solingen US-Botschafter am Schleifbock US-Botschafter Anthony L. Gardner (l.) besuchte gestern Pfeilring und informierte sich auch in der Produktion, begleitet von Geschäftsführer Torsten Korb. Mitarbeiter André Stolz zeigte das Handwerk  bei der Fertigung.FOTO: Köhlen Solingen. Der amerikanische Botschafter Anthony L. Gardner und Pfeilring-Chef Torsten Korb werben  bei einem Besuch ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks to EU Traineeship Welcome Conference

It is a relief to be here and not speak about the US election campaign. As a representative of the US Government, I have to be strictly neutral. So I’ll simply say this: as a public service the United States will continue to provide free high-quality entertainment on a 24/7 basis for the whole world, ...
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Remarks for World Business Angels Investment Forum

As a former private equity investor and representative of a government keenly interested in promoting entrepreneurship worldwide, I wish I could have attended the World Business Angels Investment Forum in person. Congratulations to Baybars for having assembled such an impressive group. How fitting that you are meeting in Istanbul, the crossroads between West and East. ...
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Statement for Feb. 26 Joint Press Conference

First of all, let me express my thanks to Ignacio and his European Commission colleagues for graciously hosting us during the 12th round of T-TIP negotiations here in Brussels. We really appreciate all they did to facilitate the progress we achieved this week. When Ambassador Froman and EU Trade Commissioner Malmstrom met in Washington last ...
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Remarks by the President at the Signing of the Judicial Redress Act Bill

The President: Well, I want to congratulate the members of Congress who are standing behind me here today. The bill I’m about to sign is entitled the Judicial Redress Act bill. And what it does in the simplest terms is makes sure that everybody’s data is protected in the strongest possible way with our privacy ...
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European Union and United States Convene Fourth CBRN Risk Mitigation Strategic Dialogue

On February 19, the European Union and the United States conducted the fourth Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. The dialogue, which was led on the EU side by Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention (EEAS) and Adriaan Van Der Meer, Head of Unit for Stability, Security, ...
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Statement From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered the following statement on the completion of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield. “This historic agreement is a major achievement for privacy and for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. It provides certainty that will help grow the digital economy by ensuring that thousands of European and ...
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TTIP – A Chance for SMEs” Remarks at the European Parliament

Thank you to Dr. Heitz and SME Europe for the invitation to participate in this timely and important discussion today. SMEs lie at the heart of what we are seeking to achieve in TTIP. More and more European SMEs are speaking out in favor of what a transatlantic free trade agreement could mean for them. ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks for the 2015 Ambassador in Review Wrap-Up

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 is ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Handelsblatt Invterview; ‘Europe Should Welcome German Leadership’

Handelsblatt (Dec 23) – In an interview with Handelsblatt, Anthony Gardner, the United States ambassador to the E.U., said Europe needs German leadership. He said he was surprised by the aversion many Europeans have to the planned TTIP free trade deal, and frustrated by the public narrative in Europe that Americans don’t care about data ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks “The U.S. Perspective on the Persecution of Christians in the World” at a High-Level Dialogue at the Eu

Let me begin by thanking Vice President Antonio Tajani for his leadership in convening this meeting. Your role in promoting interfaith dialogue is critical to achieving greater respect and tolerance in our societies; your leadership on this issue is needed now more than ever before. Unfortunately Dr. Lantos Swett of the United States Commission on ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks to the Greens/ EFA

There are several reasons why I am pleased to be here today. I grew up believing in the fundamental importance of green issues – including the danger of climate change and the importance of protecting our environment. I heard about these issues nearly every day around the dinner table because my father, a professor of ...
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Remarks for AmCham EU’s 3rd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference

Pastora, thank you for that introduction. And thanks to the superb team at AmCham EU, for all the excellent work you do to promote the interests of U.S. companies, and to help shape public policies that will allow companies to invest, innovate, and grow while meeting the needs of consumers and enterprise clients within the ...
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EUCOM News: “EU and EUCOM expand cooperation, information sharing to boost security”

MONS, Belgium – In an effort to increase cooperation and enhance security, European Union Military Staff (EUMS) director general, Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe and United States European Command (EUCOM) commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove signed an administrative arrangement today in Mons, Belgium to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations. The formal agreement described the primary roles and ...
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DCM Shub speech at the BBH Conference

We’ve also welcomed the unprecedented levels of support for a good Paris outcome by key actors from businesses, sub-national governments, the faith community, and many others in civil society.  Earlier this year, the White House launched the American Business Act on Climate pledge, voicing their support for a strong outcome at Paris – and also ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the College of Europe: “The New Transatlantic Agenda: Twenty Years On, and Twenty Years Ahead”

Thank you, Rector Monar.  It is a pleasure to be at the College of Europe today, and especially to have the chance to meet your students.  Alumni of the College of Europe have had stellar careers in many places, including in the United States Mission to the European Union. I became fascinated by the European ...
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United States and European Commission Announce Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants

Grants Will Further Exchange between U.S. and EU Citizens on Innovation Policy and Technology On October 19th, Ambassador Anthony Gardner announced the creation of a new joint initiative by the United States and the European Commission, the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants, under the auspices of the Fulbright-Schuman program.  In his remarks at the College of Europe’s ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at Bucarest TTIP Conference

Thank you to Sorin Moisă for the invitation to be a part of this distinguished group of speakers today. Sorin is playing an important role in the European Parliament, especially in its international trade committee. He has emerged quickly as an authority on trade; we value his views and his partnership. And I am also ...
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Ambassador Gardner: TTIP is a tool to shape globalization

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a way for the United States and the European Union to shape globalization, said Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, the ambassador of the United States to the European Union, in an interview granted to AGERPRES. “TTIP would be a way for us to shape the process of globalization by ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s remarks at the Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes (French Version)

C’est un plaisir d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui et de prendre la parole en présence  d’éminents experts. Je salue tout particulièrement Jean-Daniel Tordjman, pour son invitation et pour son charmant accueil. Etant membre du Cercle Interallié, je me sens chez moi. Pour moi, c’est un moment fascinant d’être en poste en tant qu’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis auprès de ...
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POLITICO Pro Q&A: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner

How do you see the landscape for American tech companies in Europe? It’s hard to generalize about American tech companies in Europe. But what I can say is that many have been through to see me. And the vast majority of those companies have expressed a high degree of support for the digital single market ...
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Interview with John Robinson, U.S. Mission to the EU, on the hot topics in the European Parliament Fall 2015

John Robinson, Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the EU, debates the hot topics in the European Parliament this Fall. Listen to find out why the U.S. cares about the European Parliament. What will happen with the Digital Single Market’s Strategy, the EU’s PNR Directive, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and biotech ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks on 75th anniversary of USG Exchange Programs Alumni Reception

Welcome everyone, and thank you for joining us. Every year we try to bring together alumni of U.S. exchange programs working on EU issues in Brussels. Tonight we are also celebrating the 75th anniversary of U.S. government exchange programs, a legacy to which each one of you has contributed in your own way. In 1940, ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the Deutscher Bundestag (German version)

Sehr geehrter Herr Kauder, sehr geehrte Frau Hasselfeldt, sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, wir begrüßen und schätzen die Unterstützung der deutschen Bundesregierung, einschließlich Kanzlerin Merkel und der CDU/CSU-Fraktion im Bundestag, für TTIP. Auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks gibt es bedeutende politische Unterstützung für ein ambitioniertes Abkommen. Auf dem G7-Gipfel in Deutschland im vergangenen Juli haben ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks before the American Council on Germany “The New Transatlantic Agenda: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

Thank you very much to you, Friedrich, for the kind introduction and the invitation to speak today. It is moving to be here, a few meters from where I stood on my first trip to East Berlin in 1987. I remember looking at the Wall and doubting that I would ever live to see it ...
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Remarks for TABC Conference: Perspectives on the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy – The Transatlantic Perspective

Hugo, thank you for that introduction. And thanks to the superb team at TABC, for the hard work you do to promote transatlantic trade and investment and for your close cooperation both here in Brussels and in Washington. The Digital Single Market is one of the top three priorities of the US Mission to the ...
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A Transatlantic Perspective on Digital Innovation

Europe is at an important juncture regarding digital innovation: the path chosen will determine the ability of European citizens to realize fully the potential of the myriad new technologies available to them, both to create new, innovative businesses or to simplify their own lives. When you think about the history of the transatlantic relationship, it’s ...
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Interview Amy Wilson – U.S. Mission to the EU – on the Syrian Refugees Crisis

Amy Wilson, Immigration and Refugee Expert at the U.S. Mission to the EU, discusses the ongoing Syrian refugees crisis. The United States is coordinating with the EU on providing humanitarian assistance to Syrians and taking in refugees from Syria. Wilson explains why the U.S. is helping Syrian refugees and details what the main challenge is ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks at the Aspen Institute Panel

Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be back in Milan and for the opportunity to contribute to this discussion on what is, after all, an extremely important topic for all of us here. I would like to begin by strongly reaffirming that the United States remains committed to a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade ...
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Ambassador Gardner Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

Welcome.  Thank you for attending this year’s Independence Day Celebration. And I would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible. All of you know that July 4 represents the birth of the United States as an independent country. But what exactly happened on that day? It wasn’t the day when the Continental ...
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Ambassador Gardner at Unconvention

Thank you for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure to be here today with you for my second UNconvention. The U.S. Mission to the European Union has worked with the European Young Innovators Forum for a number of years, and I am glad that we are again a partner of this important event. Last ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at “Inside Out” Exclusive Screening

Thank you.  It is a pleasure for me and my wife Sandra to welcome you this evening on behalf of the U.S. Mission to the European Union for an exclusive screening of the newest Disney-Pixar creation, Inside Out. We are grateful for the support of our partners in presenting tonight’s film, especially to Thomas Spiller ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Keynote Remarks at the Deutsche Boerse

Thank you very much to you, Andreas, and to Jackson for the kind introduction and the invitation to speak today. I have believed in the European project and in the power of the U.S.-EU relationship since graduate school. I can think of no more interesting and challenging period in U.S.-EU relations in the past 23 ...
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Ambassador Gardner on Climate Change (June 16, 2015)

Opening Remarks U.S. Experts Climate Change Breakfast Brussels, June 16, 2015 (As prepared for delivery) Good morning. Welcome to the U.S. Mission to the European Union. It is my privilege to represent President Obama as Ambassador to the European Union, and it is an extremely interesting and challenging time to hold this job.  I’ve spoken ...
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Interview John W. Bird – U.S. Mission to the EU

Cybersecurity, what is going on at U.S. & EU level? John W. Bird, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Attaché to the EU and NATO, talks about threats and challenges in the area of cybersecurity. Where are the main threats coming from and what are the U.S. and the EU doing together to address this? Listen ...
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Remarks at ALDE T-TIP Event

Thank you for your invitation to join you today. I want to thank the ALDE Group for the important work it has done and is doing on TTIP. Many of you have made a contribution, but I’d like to mention Marietje Schaake and Dita Charanzova in particular. I’ve had the pleasure to meet some of ...
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Remarks at the European Parliament’s LNG Roundtable

It is a pleasure to address this LNG conference.   I would like to begin with an apology that Chris Smith, our esteemed Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, had his flight cancelled overnight and so is unable to speak with you today as he had hoped. Nonetheless, I am glad ...
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Foreign Fighters, U.S. EU efforts to counter violent extremism

Although the number of foreign fighters returning from Syria or Iraq is significantly higher in Europe, the threat that these individuals pose is similar in both the EU and United States. Tom Rogan, a counterterrorism expert at the U.S. Mission to the EU, explains these threats and what the U.S. and the EU are doing, ...
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Remarks to AmCham’s Annual General Meeting

Carl, thank you for that introduction. And thanks to Susan and the superb team at AmCham EU for the hard work you do on behalf of US businesses and for your close cooperation with our Mission. I also want to recognize the terrific team we have at the Mission; some of them are here tonight. ...
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Event: U.S.-Europe Dialogue on Making Ventures Grow

Ambassador Gardner’s blog and  Summary of Event Ambassador Anthony L. Gardner hosted a U.S.-EU Dialogue on Making Ventures Grow on May 5 in cooperation with EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players, which brought together public policy and private sector experts to discuss ways to expand and accelerate financing of high-growth ventures as ...
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USTR Concerned by EU GMO Proposal

USTR Expresses Concern over EU Proposal to Allow Member States to Ban the Use of GE Food and Feed Deemed Safe by EU Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today expressed disappointment at the new proposal by the European Commission to amend legislation on its genetically-engineered (GE) food and feed approval process ...
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Ambassador Gardner on The Atlantic – Our Shared Resource: Making the Vision Reality

It is a pleasure to be here today at the opening of this event celebrating what has been achieved through the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance since the Galway Statement was signed in May 2013.  I also welcome the chance to celebrate the European Commission’s announcement of the new Horizon 2020 – Blue Growth projects that ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks to AmCham EU Transatlantic Conference

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this conference. Amcham’s work is important; your voice is heard; and I hope that USEU’s collaboration with you continues to deepen and broaden in the years ahead. I’d like to discuss the important topics of T-TIP, digital issues and energy. I believe that promoting U.S. and EU ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks on T-TIP at Bruegel Expert Roundtable

• The U.S. Mission to the EU is pleased to partner with Bruegel on today’s discussion. • We continue to believe that T-TIP is good for the U.S. and good for Europe: a debt-free stimulus for jobs and growth. We continue to believe that an ambitious and comprehensive 21st century model trade agreement is possible. As the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to UN Delivers Speech in Brussels

Thank you General, it is great to be back in Brussels. It goes without saying in 2015 that we live in a time of myriad crises. Conventional and unconventional, aggressive state actors and marauding non-state actors, nearby and far away. The United States and Europe have a vital stake in curbing conflicts beyond our borders. ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at “Selma” Premiere

Thank you. It is a pleasure to welcome you here tonight on behalf of the U.S. Mission to the European Union, the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium and the U.S. Mission to NATO. One of the many privileges I enjoy is to work with my fellow ambassadors Denise Bauer and Doug Lute – ...
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Remarks at 2015 Europe Conference at Harvard University

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner February 28, 2015 Thank you for the introduction. It is great to be back at Harvard, where I spent four happy years of my life. I majored in Government, with significant emphasis on Slavic Studies, both of which are proving rather relevant at the moment. Antony ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Anthony Gardner at the 2nd Annual EU-U.S. Trade Conference

I am pleased to be here today. I owe Paul Adamson a great debt of thanks for having given me, shortly after my arrival in Brussels last year, a copy of a terrific book by Peter Baldwin, “The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How Europe and America are Alike.” I confess that when I first saw ...
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Conference of the Ministers for European Affairs of the German Federal States

Remarks of Ambassador Anthony Gardner Brussels, January 30, 2015 –German text below– (As prepared for delivery) U.S. Views on T-TIP Thank you, Wolfgang, for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure to be among Germans. I have spent a significant part of my professional life in Germany: 30 years ago I worked during the summer ...
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Facing Legal Challenges in U.S.-EU Relations

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gardner Mackenzie Stuart Lecture, Cambridge University January 29, 2015 (As prepared for delivery) ( Audio of lecture ) Introduction Thank you, Professor Hill, for that introduction.  Thanks as well to Professor Armstrong and the Centre for European Legal Studies, and to Shearman & Sterling, for giving me the opportunity to deliver ...
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Europolitics Interview with Ambassador Gardner

Europolitics interview with Anthony Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the EU By  Joanna Sopinska 22 January 2015 Christophe Garach contributed to this article Anthony Gardner talks to Europolitics about Washington’s policy priorities in its close relationship with the European Union. What changes have you noticed in the way the European Commission is operating under Jean-Claude Juncker’s new leadership? I ...
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A Vital Partnership: US-EU Relations Are Increasingly Significant in Global Affairs

The most significant, vital, and effective bilateral relationship in the world is that between the United States of America and the European Union. This is not hyperbole. The coinciding twentieth anniversaries of the European Foreign Affairs Review and of the New Transatlantic Agenda – on which I worked at President Clinton’s National Security Council (NSC) ...
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Ambassador Gardner at CESI (European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions) Conference

Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak with you today.  From the moment of my arrival in Brussels in March I stated my intention to meet frequently with civil society – including groups representing environmental, youth, consumer and, of course, labor interests. I am convinced that the most significant thing we can do ...
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Transcript of Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein, discussion on European energy security with Hunga

Ms. Zieseniss:  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub in Brussels. I would like to welcome our callers who have dialed in from across Europe.  We also have a group of journalists dialing in from Budapest today, so we welcome them to the call as well. Today we are pleased to ...
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Ambassador Gardner at the Transatlantic Business Conference

Frankfurt, Germany November 12, 2014 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction, Bernhard.  It is good to be back in Germany, where I have spent a significant part of my professional life. Thirty years ago I worked during the summer at Radio Liberty in Munich; 23 years ago I had the opportunity ...
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Ambassador Gardner on Priorities for the U.S.-EU Relationship

Remarks at Regent’s University London November 11, 2014 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you, Professor Drew, for that kind introduction. I am pleased to be at Regent’s University to speak about U.S.-EU Relations. I’m pleased to be joined here by my friends Fernando Guimaraes of the External Action Service and Sanford Henry of Chatham House. ...
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Ambassador Gardner Visits EP’s U.S. Delegation

On November 6, 2014, Ambassador Gardner held an exchange of views in Brussels with the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Chairman McAllister, Vice Chair Kofod, Vice Chair Schaake, Distinguished Members of the Delegation for Relations with the United States, Thank you for inviting ...
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Ambassador Gardner Discusses T-TIP with COR Members, Trade Commissioner De Gucht

Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak today. It is a pleasure to share this podium with Karel de Gucht, our partner in the transatlantic trade negotiations. On behalf of the United States, I’d like to thank the Commissioner for all his hard work to date on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the EU SME Envoys Assembly

Good morning, Daniel, Kim, Daniele, Antonio, SME Envoys, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Let me note what a pleasure it is to share the stage with Daniel Calleja.  Daniel and I first met in Brussels 20 years ago, when he was Chief of Staff to Commissioner Oreja and I was working on EU affairs in the White ...
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Enjeux et Perspectives d’Une Nouvelle Zone de Libre Echange entre l’Europe et les Etats-Unis

C’est un plaisir d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui et de prendre la parole en présence  d’éminents experts. Je salue tout particulièrement Jean-Luc Demarty, notre partenaire dans ces négociations commerciales. Aujourd’hui, le partenariat transatlantique fait face à des défis bien réels. Face à une Russie agressive et nationaliste, à la montée de l’intégrisme islamique, et à bien ...
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EU Climate and Energy Policy: Time for Tough Decisions

Thank you.  I would like to thank the European Parliament for hosting us and European Voice and CommentVisions for organizing it. Thank you also to my fellow panelists for joining me in discussing this important topic. Two days ago President Obama delivered remarks at the United Nations General Assembly Climate Summit, emphasizing that “we have ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks at the European Young Innovators’ Forum

Thank you for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure to be here today. I know that the U.S. Mission to the European Union has worked with the European Young Innovators’ Forum for a number of years, and I am proud that we are a partner of this important event. Although I have never been ...
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U.S. Grant Supports European Database on Asylum Law

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Mission to the European Union are pleased to announce a grant of $24,820 to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles ( ECRE ) to support the operation of its European Database on Asylum Law ( EDAL ). ECRE’s mission is to promote the ...
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The U.S. and the EU: From Transatlantic Relationship to Global Partnership

Thank you, Fabian, for that introduction.  I appreciate EPC hosting me today, and I thank you for your work and that of Elizabeth Bisland and the rest of your team in putting together this morning’s event.  Like many diplomatic missions in this town, we at USEU deeply value the work that EPC does to provide ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks before the EP’s Committee on International Trade

Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your kind invitation to appear before this committee. This is my first appearance before a Committee of the European Parliament. When I arrived in Brussels in March, you were already in election mode. I’m pleased that the Parliament is now in full operation and that we can begin ...
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Confindustria Speech on TTIP: Global Challenges and Opportunities for the Transatlantic Economic Partnership

AS DELIVERED (IN ITALIAN) Credo nel genio creativo italiano; credo nelle sue capacita imprenditoriali. Credo che l’Italia possa essere tra i paesi che trarranno benefici considerevoli dal libero scambio transatlantico. Lo dico non solo come rappresentante del governo americano; lo dico da europeo, che ha vissuto la meta della propria vita in Europa: figlio di ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s July 4 Remarks

Welcome to this July 4 celebration, two days early. Here at the U.S. Mission to the EU and the U.S. Embassy to Belgium, we like to stay ahead of events. Out team played well last night, but we are gracious in defeat: I would like to congratulate our host country for the magnificent performance of ...
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Energy Efficiency Policy: a Policy for Security of Supply, Competitiveness and Sustainability

Opening remarks by Ambassador Gardner EU Sustainable Energy Week, Charlemagne Building Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2014 I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to provide opening remarks along with my EU colleagues today on the issue of energy efficiency. Compared to many other topics I speak on as the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, this is ...
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Ambassador Gardner’s Remarks to the European Small Business Alliance

Thank you, David and Dani, for that introduction. It is good to be back in Brussels, where I started my career. I have believed in the European project as a force for good since I started studying the EU as a graduate student at Oxford and then Columbia Law School. I landed here in 1990 ...
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Priorities for the U.S. Mission to the EU

Remarks by Ambassador Gardner June 18, 2014 Brussels, Belgium (As prepared for delivery) Thanks for that introduction, Stu. You have been a dear friend of the Gardner family and a dear friend and mentor of mine. When I look at the photographs of my distinguished predecessors in the lobby of the USEU Mission, I feel privileged ...
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T-TIP’s Effect on Regional Trade Agreements: Speech at Chatham House

“How Will a Successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) Shape Future Regional Trade Agreements?” Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Anthony Luzzatto Gardner Chatham House, London June 9, 2014 Thank you, Robin, for your kind introduction. It is good to be back at Chatham House; it is here, in the “press-cuttings” room, that ...
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Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

Ambassador Gardner Reacts to Shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum I wish to express on behalf of the United States of America the shock and sadness we feel learning of the shooting yesterday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, as well as of Belgium. We are outraged by this senseless ...
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Virtual Currencies: For Business and Consumers or Just for Criminals?

Remarks as prepared for delivery by Erik Barnett, HSI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Good morning, I work for the U.S. Government, within the U.S. government, I work for the Department of Homeland Security, within Homeland Security I work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known by its acronym ICE. Within ICE, I work ...
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Blog on the U.S.-EU Summit and President Obama’s Visit to Brussels: Off to a Fast and Exciting Start

Off to a Fast and Exciting Start   I arrived in Brussels to assume my duties just in time: I presented my credentials to Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso one week before President Barack Obama came to town. The excitement in the Mission and among our EU partners and contacts in Brussels ...
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U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels

President Obama was in Brussels on March 26, 2014, for the U.S.-EU Summit, a press conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and a speech on transatlantic relations . The joint U.S.-EU summit statement reaffirmed the “strong partnership” between the European Union and the United States, and addressed a number of issues, most notably the crisis in ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the EU, William E. Kennard, at Forum Europe’s 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference

Introduction I would like to thank Forum Europe for inviting me to its 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference. As you know, the United States has great interest in the effort underway to update and reform the EU’s data protection rules.  The outcome of this process can have profound implications for consumer confidence ...
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Remarks of United States Department of Commerce’s General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry to the European Parliament

Remarks of United States Department of Commerce’s General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry to the European Parliament, Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on The Reform of the EU Data Protection Framework: Building Trust in a Digital and Global World. Session VII: Data Protection in the global context – The transatlantic dimension (PDF 86k)
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Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online

U.S.-EU Joint Statement The EU and the US, at their ministerial meeting on 20 and 21 June 2012, have agreed to enhance efforts against child sexual abuse online.  Such abuse includes the distribution and trade of child pornography via the Internet, and the resulting, continuing harm to the victims depicted.  We call upon governments around ...
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President Prodi met with TPN members to discuss Transatlantic Partnership

Below is a press release issued by the European Commission: IP/04/218 A group of political members of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) met today with President Romano Prodi to present TPN’s recently published set of recommendations to strengthen Transatlantic partnership (footnote). The TPN group included Members of European Parliament Elmar Brok, James Elles and Erika ...
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U.S., EU Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Ties

The U.S. and the EU celebrated 50 years of diplomatic ties in Brussels on November 25, 2003, and on May 6, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Below is a summary of the events: Brussels, Belgium, November 25, 2003 U.S. Ambassador to the EU Rockwell Schnabel opening the symposium on 50 years of U.S.-EU Relations. On the ...
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Transatlantic Economic Partnership – Plan of Action

Introduction At the London EU-U.S. Summit of 18 May 1998, Summit leaders adopted a joint statement on the Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) identifying a series of elements for an initiative to intensify and extend multilateral and bilateral cooperation and common actions in the field of trade and investment. As called for in that statement, the ...
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New Transatlantic Agenda

I. Promoting Peace and Stability, Democracy and Development Around the World II. Responding to Global Challenges III. Conbtributing to the Expansion of World Trade and Closer Economic Relations IV. Builiding Bridges Across the Atlantic V. Parliamentary Links VI. Implementing Agenda We, the United States of America and the European Union, affirm our conviction that the ...
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Declaration on U.S. – EC Relations

The United States of America on one side and, on the other, the European Community and its member States, Mindful of their common heritage and of their close historical, political, economic and cultural ties, Guided by their faith in the values of human dignity, intellectual freedom and civil liberties, and in the democratic institutions which ...
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