Protectionism, Data Privacy, and the Transatlantic Partnership

April 11, 2018 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor - West Tower Elevators
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council's EuroGrowth Initiative on Wednesday, April 11, at the Atlantic Council's headquarters in Washington, DC for a timely conference on transatlantic trade, data privacy, and intellectual property regulation. 

Breakfast will be served throughout the event.

A live-stream of the event will be available here:
Protectionism, Data Privacy, and the Transatlantic Partnership

April 11, 2018    
9:30 AM-12:00 PM 
Registration starts at 9:15 AM

Atlantic Council:
1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevators)
Washington, DC 20005

The US administration's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs created uncertainty and stoked fears of a US-EU trade war. Ultimately, the current administration exempted the EU from these measures. Ambassador O'Sullivan will shed light on the EU's strategy as protectionism is on the rise globally.
Simultaneously, tech companies on both sides of the Atlantic are grappling with the challenges posed by data privacy, as will be illustrated by Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in Congress next week. Entering into force in May 2018, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bring about the largest change in decades to data security and privacy, with wide-reaching implications for US companies doing business in Europe.
Transatlantic relations will also be affected by changes to intellectual property regulations. The EU is currently discussing a wide-reaching reform to copyright, patents, and trademark regulation, which will pose challenges for US firms operating across Europe. 


First Panel: Data Privacy: Getting Your Business Ready for GDPR
09:30 AM-10:30 AM

Peter Fatelnig
Counselor for the Digital Economy, Delegation of European Union to the United States

Frances Burwell
Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiation, Atlantic Council
Senior Adviser, McLarty Associates

Kara Sutton
Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Bart Oosterveld
Director, Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council 
C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Growth & Finance, Atlantic Council​

Second Panel: IP Protection challenges across the Atlantic
10:45 AM-11:45 AM

Sandra Aistars
Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Gina Vetere
Of Counsel, Covington and Burling

Valerie Rouxel-Laxton
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business & Economics, Atlantic Council​

Keynote Remarks
11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Ambassador David O'Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

This event is on the record and open to the press.

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This event is made possible through the generous support of PhRMA, and donors of the EuroGrowth Initiative: Beretta, the European Investment Bank, Moody’s Investors Service, Pirelli Tire North America, United Parcel Service, Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat.