Other past events

On 28 April 2020, the students of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs programme participated in the third and final lecture on major topics in transatlantic affairs. Two distinguished speakers, Jason KHILE, the Deputy Public Affairs Officer / Spokesperson at the United States Mission to the European Union and Tara MAHER, Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, discussed with the students the threats of disinformation, what governments and their partners are doing to counter it and what has been the U.S.-EU cooperation on this issue.

On 27 January 2020, students of the joint College of Europe-Fletcher School Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) and other study programmes of the College of Europe had the opportunity to discuss with high-level representatives of the European External Action Service’s ‘United States and Canada’ Division on “Building Narratives for a Sustainable Transatlantic Future”. The event was organised in Bruges, and several MATA students participated via video connections from the US. The main aim of the event was to have an open exchange about future transatlantic narratives which could help reinvigorate the relationship between the United States and the European Union. Students were among others asked to think about what still unites these two global actors and why their relationship remains important in today’s rapidly changing world. Participants also reflected on the continued relevance of shared values, misconceptions about each other and key future areas of cooperation in EU-US relations. 

On 21 November 2019, the second joint College of Europe and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy alumni event took place in Brussels. The event was organized in the framework of the joint College of Europe-Fletcher School Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA), and in cooperation with the Alumni Association of the College of Europe and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

On 4 April 2019, Prof. SHATTUCK, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and lecturer of the first-semester MATA course hold a seminar in the framework of his one-month stay at the College of Europe as a Visiting Scholar of the Fulbright Specialist program. He has previously held academic and policy-making positions at the highest level, including as the Rector of the Central European University in Budapest and as US Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

H.E. Ambassador Gordon SONDLAND, U.S. Mission to the European Union, gave a speech entitled "U.S. Perspectives on the Transatlantic Relationship", at the College of Europe, Bruges campus.

European Horizons at the College of Europe organised a multi-topic conference dealing with the future of transatlantic relations in an era of uncertainty. Our high-level speakers successively addressed common challenges faced by the transatlantic partnership, with a focus on security issues, but also on the future of the current EU-US trade negotiation and regulatory cooperation,  which are all genuine bones of contention driving both sides of the Atlantic apart. The audience was highly encouraged to intervene in order to build common reflections on the future of EU-US relations. 

On 29 November 2018, the first ever joint College of Europe and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy alumni networking event took place in Brussels. The event was organized in cooperation with the Alumni Association of the College of Europe and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), and well attended by alumni of both institutions as well as first- and second-year students of the joint College of Europe-Fletcher School Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA).

The workshop was kicked off on 13 April with opening remarks by Ms Christina TOMLINSON (U.S. Mission to the European Union) followed by a keynote lecture delivered by Professor Giles SCOTT-SMITH (Leiden University). The workshop on 14 April brought together experts from Europe and the US, including Paul A. BERKMAN (The Fletcher School), Laura RUMBLEY (Boston College), Richard HIGGOT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brian HOCKING (Clingendael Institute), Simon SCHUNZ (College of Europe/UNU-CRIS), Luk VAN LANGENHOVE (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/UNU-CRIS), Heiko PRANGE-GSTÖHL (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Riccardo TROBBIANI (College of Europe/UNU-CRIS).

With the participation of speakers from China, Europe and the US, including Professors Madeleine Hosli (keynote lecture, UN University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and Leiden University), Yan Bo (Fudan University), Alan Henrikson (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University) and Sophie Meunier (Princeton University).

With the participation of Rector Monar and College of Europe Visiting Professors Emiliano Alessandri, Stefan Fröhlich, Fletcher Professor John Shattuck and Edita Hrdá, Managing Director Americas, European External Action Service.