Getting to Know Europe

  • The Digital Single Market

    On December 6, 2017, the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics program co-hosted an event with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in San Francisco, CA. The discussion focused on the progress of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and its implications for businesses in the United States and the transatlantic digital marketplace. Our panel included Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal; Bruce Andrews, Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC; Andrea Glorioso, Digital Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States; and Luke Kowalski, Vice President of the Corporate Architecture Group at Oracle. Melissa Blaustein, Founder and CEO of Allied for Startups, moderated the discussion.


    Mr. Ahmed stressed how European and US businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, could benefit

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  • The Future of Infrastructure Investment

    On August 29, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program co-hosted its third off-site event on the future of infrastructure investment in the United States with the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rebuilding the United States’ infrastructure is a key component of the Trump administration’s economic agenda. The White House currently plans to spend $200 billion of public money to spur private investment with the goal of reaching a total of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment.

    Aug 29 2017

    Congressman David Price, who represents North Carolina’s 4th district and is the ranking member of the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, opened the event with keynote remarks. Congressman Price then joined a panel that included Carlota...

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  • Apprenticeship and Manufacturing – Connecting Work and School

    On July 6, 2017 the Atlantic Council co-hosted an event in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in Chicago on the lessons European, and in particular German, apprenticeship and workforce development systems offer many valuable lessons to US companies, especially SMEs. Some of those included better workforce training, which can reduce shortages of skilled workers, boost manufacturing companies’ competitiveness, and revitalize regions that are grappling with the challenges from globalization. 

    July 6 2017

    Dr. Robin Mishra, Minister - Counselor and Head of Section Science and Technology at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the United States, presented the German apprenticeship system and offered ways of how to replicate its success in the United States. Jim Nelson, Vice President of the Illinois

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  • Finance for Growth

    On November 3, 2016, the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics Program held a panel discussion on how best to finance growth for Europe in Philadelphia. Mario Nava, then-Director of Financial System Surveillance and Crisis Management at DG FISMA, delivered the keynote remarks on how the Banking and Capital Markets Union support economic growth and integration in the EU. 

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    Mr. Nava was joined on the panel by William Burke-White, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania; Sonja Gibbs, Senior Director for Global Capital Markets at the Institute of International Finance; Zdenek Kudrna, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Salzburg; and Francesco Valente, President & CEO of the Fincantieri Marine Group. Julie Chon, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, moderated the discussion.

    An important...

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