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Transatlantic Week 2019

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This year’s Transatlantic Week theme is ‘Atlantic drift? The EU, the US and the WTO in a new world’. The tectonics of the global economy are rapidly shifting, creating new challenges for the historic EU-US partnership and the role of the WTO. Can we avoid a transatlantic drift – or even a global one?

The Transatlantic Economy Report 2019 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.


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8.30-9.00 Registration and welcome coffee


9.00-9.05 Welcome and introduction

  • Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU


9.05-9.10 Remarks from the Chairman

  • Maxime Bureau, Chairman, AmCham EU


9.10-9.20 Keynote remarks – View from Romania

  • Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania


9.20-9.50 Keynote remarks – View from the EU

  • Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade


9.50-10.00 Presentation of the Transatlantic Business Award

  • Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU


10.00-10.30 Keynote remarks – The global perspective

  • Karl Brauner, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization


10.30-11.00 Presentation of Transatlantic Economy 2019 Report

  • Joseph Quinlan, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University


11.00-11.45 Panel 1 – The state of transatlantic ties

  • Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament
  • Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President for European Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General, European External Action Service
  • Moderator: Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe


11.45-12.00 Coffee break


12.00-12.30 Keynote remarks

  • Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Minister of Defence, Government of Belgium


12.30-13.15 Panel 2 – The future of the global trading system

  • H.E. Stephen de Boer, Ambassador of Canada to the WTO 
  • H.E. Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of Japan to the EU 
  • H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar, Ambassador of India to the EU
  • Simon Levine, CEO, DLA Piper 
  • Moderator: Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics, Friends of Europe


13.15-14.30 Lunch and closing keynote remarks – View from the US

  • The Honorable Gordon D. Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU

(Please note that the seated lunch at the Transatlantic Conference is now full, but a light lunch will be provided.)


Highlights from the conference

As part of Transatlantic Week, we will also be presenting the Transatlantic Award 2019. Launched in 2004, the award acknowledges an individual dedicated to the promotion and growth of the transatlantic economy.

AmCham EU is delighted to announce that the Transatlantic Business Award 2019 was presented to Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, in recognition of her commitment to strengthening the transatlantic economy throughout her tenure in Brussels. The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the pursuit of a strong and prosperous EU-US relationship.


This year's

Transatlantic Award Winner

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade