The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship – Virtual Program
February 25th, 2021 8:00AM -9:00AM
This is a virtual program, instructions on how to join this meeting will be sent the day before the event.
The past four years challenged the crucial transatlantic relationship in unprecedented ways. The inauguration of Joe Biden was met largely with relief in European capitals. But European frustrations will not dissipate overnight – and the world and the United States have changed in significant ways over the last four years that cannot be ignored. President Biden also inherits a divided country and multiple domestic and foreign policy crises that loom large. Where can Europe and the United States quickly make progress in repairing the transatlantic alliance? What kind of changes are needed in the relationship to ensure its resilience going forward? Join the World Affairs Council on February 25, 2021 from 8:00-9:00am PST for a conversation with David O'Sullivan, former EU ambassador to the US, on the future of the transatlantic relationship.
About the Speaker
David O'Sullivan, a former European Union (EU) ambassador to the United States, advises clients on high-profile international trade matters with complex legal issues, policy dimensions, and political sensitivities. He also advises companies on the formulation and application of EU trade policy and offers clients effective advice on their trade interests in both the EU market and third country markets. In addition to his work on trade policy and advocacy matters, David advises companies on international regulatory and compliance matters.
As EU Ambassador to the United States, David oversaw the EU's bilateral relationship with the United States including political, economic, and commercial affairs.
A long-time and distinguished EU official, David has served in several senior official posts in the European public service. In these roles, he developed a deep understanding of the trade and diplomatic relationships of the EU and its member countries and the full range of transatlantic business relationship issues, including trade policy, cybersecurity, and Brexit, among others.
Before his appointment as ambassador, David helped establish the EU's European External Action Service, one of the largest diplomatic networks with 140 delegations across the globe. For his work with the EEAS, David was awarded the EU Transatlantic Business Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Prior to his role with EEAS, David has held several notable, senior positions within the European Commission including director general for trade, secretary general of the European Commission and chief of staff to Commission President Romano Prodi.
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