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Transatlantic Week 2018

This year’s Transatlantic Week theme is ‘Troubled waters? Bridging the transatlantic gap’. The transatlantic relationship has been the cornerstone of global stability and growth. With governments on both sides of the Atlantic turning more inward, transatlantic relations are heading into uncharted waters. Is now the time for business to step up and bridge the gap?

The Transatlantic Economy Report 2018 will be launched during the event. This annual report presents the most up-to-date facts and figures about the EU-US economic relationship. The study includes dedicated profiles for 30+ European countries and all US states.



 Networking  Reception to meet with EU stakeholders.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 (European Parliament, Brussels)

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 Discuss key priorities  and challenges to the transatlantic relationship.

Friday, 9 March 2018 (Brussels)

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Policy Briefing

 AmChams in Europe  Policy and advocacy best practices sessions​​​​​​.

Wednesday - Friday, 7 - 9 March  2018 (Brussels)

By invitation only

Draft programme:

8.15 Registration

8.45 Welcome

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU

8.50 Introductory remarks

Maxime Bureau, Chairman, AmCham EU

9.00 View from Brussels

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

9.30 View from Paris

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, French Government

10.00 Presentation of Transatlantic Economy 2018 Report 

Joe Quinlan, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University

10.30 Panel 1: Tried and tested? The EU-US relationship in uncharted waters

  • Edita Hrda, Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service
  • Norbert Röttgen, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the Bundestag 
  • Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, US Government 
  • Xenia Wickett, Head, US and Americas Programme, Chatham House 
  • Moderator: Andreas Kluth, Editor-in-Chief, Handelsblatt Global

11.15 Presentation of the Transatlantic Award 2018 

Award winnerVěra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

  • Presented bySusan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU

11.30 Unfreezing transatlantic trade: View from both sides 

  • Hiddo Houben, Head of Unit, USA and Canada, DG TRADE, European Commission
  • Dan Mullaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, US Government
  • Moderator: Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU

12.00 View from European business

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO, Solvay

12.30 Panel 2: Transatlantic leadership in the new economy: What role for business?

  • Aongus Hegarty, Chair, AmCham EU Executive Council and President EMEA, Dell EMC
  • Luc Triangle, General Secretary, IndustriAll
  • Véronique Willems, Secretary General, UEAPME
  • Moderator: Dan Michaels, Brussels Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal

13.15 Lunch 

14.30 Ends 

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Transatlantic Award 2018 Winner

Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality 

As part of Transatlantic Week, we will also be presenting the Transatlantic Award 2018. Launched in 2004, the award acknowledges an individual dedicated to the promotion and growth of the transatlantic economy.

The membership of AmCham EU has selected Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality for her exceptional efforts to enhance transatlantic cooperation on a range of issues including data protection, which led to the conclusion and ongoing implementation of the 2016 EU-US Privacy Shield. The free movement of data is critical to ensuring the continued flow of trade and investment within the transatlantic economy – the largest of its kind in the world.

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