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March plenary meeting takes place with keynote address from Dominique Ristori
Mar 25, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed the European Commission’s recent adoption of an Energy Union framework strategy at its monthly plenary meeting on 24 March 2015, with a keynote address delivered by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy at the European Commission.

During his speech, Mr Ristori stressed the need for Europe to reduce its energy dependence and placed emphasis on the value of a strategic energy partnership between the US and EU.


AmChams in Europe hold their annual Brussels Policy Briefing
Mar 23, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed over 40 guests representing 25 AmChams from around Europe to the 12th Annual Brussels Policy Briefing from 18-20 March 2015. As in previous years the Briefing coincided with AmCham EU’sTransatlantic Week  which allowed the Briefing programme to include the Transatlantic Reception on Wednesday 18 March and the Transatlantic Conference on Thursday 19 March.

The Briefing emphasised the importance of the AmChams in Europe network and in particular the cooperation and coordination on policy among the Chambers. The Briefing programme included several sessions on many policy areas including digital, environment, energy, healthcare and investment to just name a few.

The Briefing also included a Roundtable discussion on TTIP which featured the participation of the European Commission and the US Mission to the EU. The Roundtable also provided an opportunity for Chambers to highlight some of the projects and advocacy they have been engaged in at the local level. Other highlights of the Briefing were a presentation on the EU’s top priorities by Louise Harvey, the visit to the Google Europe office and the closing lunch with the Editor-in-Chief of soon to be launched Politico Europe. Overall, the Briefing provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices among the Chambers and to plan more joint advocacy.


AmCham EU’s Transatlantic Week 2015
Mar 23, 2015 -

Key stakeholders from the world of government, business, academia and civil society come together for “Transatlantic Week 2015” to discuss key issues facing the transatlantic economy as well as the potential benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the EU and the United States.

At the reception to kick off Transatlantic Week on Wednesday evening, Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General of DG Trade at the European Commission, delivered remarks on the significance of EU-US trading relations to the European economy. The reception also saw Joseph Quinlan, of the Johns Hopkins University, launch the Transatlantic Economy 2015 surveying jobs, trade and investment between the United States and Europe. This can be viewed here. 

At the conference on Thursday, US Ambassador to the EU The Honorable Anthony L. Gardner and Dara Murphy TD, Irish Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, delivered keynote addresses on the longstanding importance of transatlantic relations and the opportunity to deepen these ties through TTIP. Thought-provoking and productive debates were then held on four key issues related to the transatlantic economy: The Digital Market, Energy Cooperation and Energy Security, Healthcare in TTIP, and Financial services.

Key themes that emerged from these debates included the significance of strengthening EU-US economic and strategic relations in a time of increased globalisation, the growth of emerging markets in Asia and Africa, and sluggish growth in Europe. Panellists and participants discussed the gains and opportunities that TTIP in particular could offer to boost the transatlantic economy and enhance its position as the most integrated economic relationship in the world.  

See the full programme here

View photos of the week here

Read The Transatlantic Economy 2015 here

Read The Transatlantic Economy 2015 Executive Summary here

Read our press release here

Read Karl Cox's Closing Address here

View Joe Quinlan's powerpoint here

Watch Hendrik Bourgois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, debate TTIP with MEP Lange

Watch Hendrik Bourgois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, discuss transparency in the TTIP negotiations on Arte tv

Watch video statements of several speakers at the Transatlantic Conference


Transatlantic Economy 2015
Mar 20, 2015 -

On March 19 2015 AmCham EU launched The Transatlantic Economy 2015 report co-authored by Dan Hamilton and Joe Quinlan. 

Read the report here

Read the Executive Summary here


Nikolaus Tacke elected as Member-at-Large (Corporate) of AmCham EU Board
Mar 17, 2015 -

Congratulations to Nikolaus Tacke, Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Europe, at The Coca-Cola Company, on his election to a two-year term on the AmCham EU Board. In his role at The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Tacke is leading the company’s government relations strategies at EU level. Prior to joining Coca-Cola in 2008, he worked in the public affairs department of a global agribusiness company in Brussels and headed the office of a multinational PR agency in Berlin. He is an active and committed member of AmCham EU since 2006 and has served in the leadership of the Agriculture and Food Committee for five consecutive terms. He was just recently confirmed to his second term as Chair of that Committee.


The Transatlantic Conference is fast approaching - find out why you should register
Mar 06, 2015 -

Register now to attend AmCham EU’s annual Transatlantic Conference taking place on March 19 2015 at The Hotel, Brussels. 

Click here to register

View programme here


Christian Morales elected as Chair of AmCham EU's Executive Council
Mar 06, 2015 -

Congratulations to Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) on being elected Chair of the Executive Council at AmCham EU. We welcome Christian's contributions to the Council's priorities and objectives.


AmCham EU organises healthcare breakfast briefing for MEP assistants & political advisers
Feb 27, 2015 -

AmCham EU’s Healthcare Committee and Remy Petitot, Assistant to MEP Françoise Grossetête, organised, on Friday 27 February 2015, a successful breakfast briefing entitled 'Access to healthcare in Europe: 2014-2019 priorities' for MEP assistants and political advisers.

The audience discussed AmCham EU healthcare policy priorities for 2015 (contribution to economic growth, medical devices, TTIP and healthcare and eHealth/mHealth) but also the new EU institutional framework after the European elections of May 2014 and the new European Commission. A follow up breakfast is likely to take place by the end of the year to further discuss cooperation, crucial to ensuring the future success of healthcare systems in Europe.


Please find more information about the Healthcare Committee here. For more information, please contact Pierre Bouygues on pbo@amchameu.eu


Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosts Ana Hinojosa
Feb 26, 2015 -

On 27 February 2015, the AmCham EU Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosted Ana Hinojosa, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Office of International Affairs at the US Customs and Border Protection. The discussion covered regulatory cooperation, as well as the World Customs Organizations’ SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.


AmCham EU participates in conference on 'The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'
Feb 26, 2015 -

Andreas Galankis, Policy Director at AmCham EU, participated in the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI) conference on ‘The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ in Rome on Thursday 26 February 2015. The event was organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, ITA-Italian trade agency and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

At the event Italian government representatives reaffirmed their strong support for an ambitious and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

A summary of the event can be found here.



 
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