On 19 October 2015, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, in cooperation with the European Foreign Affairs Review, organised a high-level conference to assess the current state and the future of transatlantic leadership.
Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, European Commissioner for Trade, delivered a keynote address on "Towards a New Strategy".
The European Union and the United States are longstanding partners. Yet, although their partnership is of strategic importance to both, it has come under strain in the past two decades due, among others, to diverging foreign and security policy preferences, trade disputes, and different priorities on certain global governance issues. At the same time, emerging powers are increasingly challenging the Euro-Atlantic international order established after World War II. Taking the ‘New Transatlantic Agenda’ adopted 20 years ago as a historic starting point, the conference critically assessed the potential of using the challenges and opportunities of today’s agenda for developing a ‘new transatlantic leadership approach’. Three panel sessions explored the potential and limitations of joint US-EU leadership: on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Atlantic security alliance and on transatlantic leadership in a multipolar world.
Ambassador Anthony L. GARDNER, US Ambassador to the European Union, delivered a closing address at the end of the conference.
Watch Ambassador Gardner's speech