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On May 5-7, 2021, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, welcomes you to the EU-US Future Forum (EUFF), a unique convening of leaders and stakeholders in dialogue to develop a new transatlantic agenda and momentum for EU-US cooperation. The relationship with the EU is one of America’s greatest assets. In a time of global recovery and transition, this seventy-year partnership serves as a foundation on which the EU and the US can foster collective security and prosperity. Join us as we celebrate the successes of the EU-US relationship and look to the next seven decades together.

Anchored by a series of high-level dialogues between EU and US officials on the themes defining the transatlantic relationship, the Forum affirms the founding principles and ideas of the transatlantic community and adapts them for the new internal and external challenges ahead. The program will include a combination of moderated discussions, interviews, keynote addresses, and storytelling highlights that share expert insights, tackle problems, generate new ideas, and help to identify policy recommendations. This high-profile event explores the most important elements of the EU-US relationship, including the coronavirus recovery, trade, foreign and security policy, technology and the digital transition, research and innovation, common values, and climate change.

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Wednesday, May 5

Celebrating the Relationship

On the first day, we highlight the transatlantic ties that bind: the history and values that unite us in the digital age.

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome to the EUFF

Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Spotlight | Celebrating the EU-US Relationship

H.E. Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic

INTRODUCTION BY: Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
9:20 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

In Depth | Embracing Our Transatlantic History

Secretary Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

MODERATOR: Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

In Dialogue | Portugal’s EU Presidency and Transatlantic Renewal

H.E. Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic

MODERATOR: Paul Adamson, Founder, Encompass

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

In Debate | Countering Digital Authoritarianism: A Strategic Roadmap

Amb. Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council

François Godement, Senior Advisor for Asia, Institut Montaigne

Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center; President, Cyber Peace Institute

MODERATOR: Rose Jackson, Director, Policy Initiative, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council

In Depth | Shaping a Transatlantic Digital Policy Agenda

H.E. Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

Tyson Barker, Head, Technology and Global Affairs Program, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

H.E. Eva Maydell, MEP, Vice-Chair, Delegation for relations with Japan, European Parliament (European People’s Party–Bulgaria)

MODERATOR: Fran Burwell, Distinguished Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council; Senior Director, McLarty Associates

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

In Dialogue | Defending Liberal Democracy in Digital Transition

H.E. Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

The Hon. Chris Murphy, United States Senator (D-CT)

MODERATOR: Fran Burwell, Distinguished Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

Spotlight | Transatlantic Cooperation: Combating Organized Crime

Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director, Europol

11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

In Depth | Emerging Technologies, Ethics, and Geopolitics

Melissa Flagg, Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Ulrike Franke, Senior Policy Fellow and Lead, Technology and European Power Initiative, European Council on Foreign Relations

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Space Ventures

MODERATOR: David Bray, Director, GeoTech Center and GeoTech Commission, Atlantic Council

In Dialogue | Strengthening the Foundations of Liberal Democracy

H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

The Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator (D-NH)

MODERATOR: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

12:25 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
12:55 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Daily Wrap-Up

Jump to May 5 or May 6 or May 7

Thursday, May 6

Planning a post-COVID-19 world

On the second day, we explore what the EU and the US can do together to move out of the COVID-19 crisis to recovery, from economic resilience and trade to the green transition, energy, and climate change.

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Setting the Scene

Masters of Ceremonies

In Dialogue | Re-imagining Post-COVID-19 Economic Resilience

H.E. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market

MODERATOR: Edward Luce, US National Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

In Dialogue | Trade and Economic Recovery: A Business Perspective

Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus

MODERATOR: Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

In Depth | Rebuilding Trade Post-COVID-19

Susan Danger, Chief Executive Officer, American Chamber of Commerce to the EU

Amb. Ronald Gidwitz, Former US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium; Former Acting US Representative to the European Union

Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director of the Americas, Agriculture, and Food Safety, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

MODERATOR: Katerina Sokou, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council; Washington DC Correspondent, Kathimerini/SKAI TV

9:35 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

In Depth | Addressing China Together

FEATURING: Laura Rosenberger, Senior Director for China, US National Security Council

Antoine Bondaz, Research Fellow and Director of the Taiwan Program, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

H.E. Zdenek Hrib, Mayor of Prague

MODERATOR: Stuart Lau, EU-China Correspondent, POLITICO

Spotlight | Transatlantic Cooperation: Security and Defense

Gen. Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the EU Military Committee

10:35 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

In Depth | Fostering Local Resilience Post-COVID-19: Transatlantic Perspectives

H.E. Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens

Amb. Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

H.E. Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw

MODERATOR: Daniel Stander, Special Advisor, United Nations

In Dialogue | The Transatlantic Relationship and the Green Transition

Annalena Baerbock, Co-leader, Alliance ‘90/The Greens

MODERATOR: Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In Dialogue | A New Chapter for US-EU Climate Leadership: Aligning Strategies and Actions

The Hon. Jennifer Granholm, US Secretary for Energy

H.E. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy

MODERATOR: Amb. Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

Spotlight | Transatlantic Cooperation: Space

Karen Feldstein, Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, NASA

12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:25 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

In Dialogue | Engaging Allies on Strategic Competition with China

The Hon. James Risch, United States Senator (R-ID)

MODERATOR: Julia Friedlander, C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council

In Dialogue | The View from Athens

H.E. Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

MODERATOR: Damir Marusic, Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

In Dialogue | A Conversation with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

H.E. Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

MODERATOR: Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Daily Wrap-Up

1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Jump to May 5 or May 6 or May 7

Friday, May 7

Dreaming Big

On the third day, we dream big: what we can achieve together when we act together in the world?

8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Setting the Scene

In Dialogue | Rebuilding Transatlantic Economic Cooperation for a Global Recovery

Daniel Ahn, Managing Director, Chief US Economist, Head of Markets 360–North America, BNP Paribas

The Hon. Chris Van Hollen, United States Senator (D-MD)

H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to the United States

MODERATOR: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

In Depth | Rebuilding Multilateral Cooperation for a Global Recovery

Manuel Muñiz, Secretary of State for Global Spain, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain

Thomas Wright, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

H.E. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on Development, European Parliament (Renew Europe–France); Co-Chair, COVAX Facility Shareholders Council

MODERATOR: Rachel RizzoDirector of Programs, Truman National Security Project; Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security 

Spotlight | Transatlantic Cooperation: Vaccine Development

Dr. Rochelle WalenskyDirector, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
9:35 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

In Dialogue | Creating an Inclusive Transatlantic Agenda for a Post-COVID-19 World

H.E. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, European Commission

MODERATOR: Benjamin Haddad, Director, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

MODERATOR: Georgina Wright, Head, Europe Program, Institut Montaigne; Visiting Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

In Depth | Delivering the Summit for Democracy

H.E. Reinhard Bütikofer, MEPChair, Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance–Germany)

Michael Carpenter, Managing Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Torrey Taussig, Research Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Project on Europe; Nonresident Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

MODERATOR: Ben Judah, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

In Dialogue | Explaining the Conference on the Future of Europe

H.E. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission

MODERATOR: Amb. Anthony Gardner, Former US Representative to the European Union

In Depth | Defining European Power

Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization; Director, The European Legal Studies Center, Columbia Law School

H.E. David McAllister, MEP, Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament (European People’s Party–Germany)

Dr. Luuk Van MiddelaarProfessor of Foundations and Practice of the European Union and its Institutions, Leiden University

Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell; Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali

MODERATOR: Jana Puglierin, Head, Berlin Office; Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

10:55 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In Debate | Strengthening Europe’s Role in Transatlantic Security

Max Bergmann, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

H.E. Nathalie Loiseau, MEPChair, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament (Renew Europe–France)

Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe, Atlantic Council

MODERATOR: Alena Kudzko, Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

In Dialogue | Engaging the European Neighborhood

H.E. Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

MODERATOR: Maja Piscevic, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spotlight | Transatlantic Cooperation: JCPOA

Rector Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe; Former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

In-Depth | Presenting the EU as seen from the US

Kyle Dropp, Cofounder and President, Morning Consult

Benjamin Haddad, Director, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

12:35 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

In Dialogue | The Next Transatlantic Decade

The Hon. Wendy Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State

MODERATOR: Benjamin Haddad, Director, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

Daily Wrap-Up

1:10 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Jump to May 5 or May 6 or May 7


Post-event report

Issue Brief

Aug 16, 2021

EU-US Future Forum 2021: A path forward for transatlantic relations

By Benjamin Haddad, Jörn Fleck, Livia Godaert, Michaela Nakayama Shapiro

From May 5 to 7, the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and the EU Delegation to the United States partnered to organize the first EU-US Future Forum (EUFF), a three-day open conference bringing together policy makers, experts, and the private sector to address the key challenges facing the transatlantic relationship in the coming decades.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Event recap blogs






Video playlists






EU-US: A new transatlantic agenda for global change (December 2, 2020)
Joint proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda.

A new EU-US agenda for global change (Fact Sheet)

Introductory remarks by European Council President Charles Michel at the videoconference of EU leaders with U.S. President Biden (03/25)

Speech by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the American Chamber of Commerce EU Transatlantic Conference 2021 “Global leadership: A transatlantic opportunity” (03/24)

Press statement by President von der Leyen and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (03/24)

Statement by President von der Leyen following her phone call with President of the United States Joe Biden (03/05)

Biden’s presidency begins: a fresh start for the US but also for transatlantic relations” (Blog Post by EU High Representative Borrell 01/22)

How to Kick-Start a New Trans-Atlantic Era,” High Representative Borrell commentary in Foreign Policy

Atlantic Council: Josep Borrell outlines the EU’s priorities in a multipolar world

Geoeconomics and geopolitics of the COVID-19 crisis,” Blog post by EU High Representative Josep Borrell (04/18)

Josep Borrell: “European foreign policy in times of COVID-19” (Book)

The EU’s Coronavirus Response

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