Highlights of Past Events - 2015

[02/11/15] Private Dinner with His Excellency David O’Sullivan Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America

On February 11, 2015 the EACCNY hosted a private off-the-record discussion about the latest developments in Europe, what they mean for the global economy and the relationship between Europe and the United States. The occasion marked the Ambassadors first visit to New York after taking office.

[2/27/15] Roundtable with a Key Member of the U.S. T-TIP Negotiating Team

On February 27th, 2014, in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce, the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York (EACCNY) held a Roundtable about where T-TIP negotiations currently stand.

The Roundtable featured Seward “Skip” Jones, Executive Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of the International Trade Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Damien Levie, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington D.C. via teleconference. The discussion was moderated by James Rosener, president of the EACCNY.

Skip Jones is responsible for overall coordination of the trade policy and trade promotion work for the Europe and Eurasian regions within the Global Markets unit of the International Trade Administration. With staff around the United States, in Washington and in various countries around the world, Global Markets promotes U.S. exports, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), advances and protects U.S. commercial interests overseas and attracts inward investment into the United States. Skip served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance, overseeing ITA’s work in support of the WTO Doha Round and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and other multilateral trade and investment policy initiatives.

Before coming to Washington, Damien Levie was a member of the Cabinet (personal office) of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht from 2009 to 2012. He subsequently headed the USA and Canada team of the Directorate General for Trade at the European Commission. During that period, he contributed to the pursuit of an ambitious EU trade policy agenda with the Americas, in particular the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S. and the EU, for which he was deputy chief negotiator. Damien joined the European Commission in 2001.

[04/28/15] Breakfast with Paulo Portas, Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal

On April 28, 2015, EACCNY in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal to the United States and EACCNY member AICEP Portugal Trade & Investment Agency, hosted a breakfast with his Excellency Paulo de Sacadura Cabral Portas, Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal. The event was held at the Harvard Club in New York City.

At this breakfast, the Deputy Prime Minister addressed a select audience comprised of EACCNY members and invited guests, among them investors from the United States and Europe.

In his speech, Prime Minister Portas shared insights into Portugal’s return to economic growth and the policies his government instituted to revitalize its economy. He outlined some of the initiatives that Portugal has deployed to attract investment and spur growth. The presentation was followed by extensive Q&A from the audience.

Paulo Portas was born in 1962, is a Law graduate from the Portuguese Catholic University, where he taught History of Political Thought in 1996. Previously a journalist for Tempo, A Tarde and Semanário newspapers and other media, he founded the weekly newspaper O Independente in 1988, of which he was director. He also founded and directed an opinion poll centre.

In the present Government he was Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs until 24th July, 2013. As the leader of the Democratic and Social Centre – People’s Party (CDS-PP) (1998 – 2005 and 2007 – present); Member of the Portuguese Parliament during the 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2011 parliamentary terms; Member of Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees. CDS-PP Parliamentary Group Leader (1999 – 2001). Minister of State and National Defense in the 15th and 16th Constitutional Governments. Member of the Council of State (2002 – 2005), High Council for Homeland Security and High Council for National Defense.

Elected as Councilor on Lisbon City Council in 2001, elected as Member of the European Parliament in 1999, elected as Member of the Arouca Municipal Assembly in 2009.

Click here to download a presentation about the Investment Climate in Portugal .

[4/30/15] Newsmaker Breakfast with David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States

On April 30, 2015, the EACCNY hosted a Newsmaker Breakfast with David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States, in a conversation with Daniel Bases of Reuters News. The discussion was organized in partnership with the State University of New York and the Foreign Trade Commissioners Association. The program was held at SUNY Global Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Ambassador O’Sullivan came fresh from the most recent round of TTIP negotiations, held in New York City only days earlier, and shared the most-up-to-date insights about the status of the negotiations. He also spoke candidly about the economic, political and social climate in Europe. Following the conversation with Daniel Bases, Ambassador O’Sullivan also answered questions from the audience.

Prior to his assignment to the United States, David O’Sullivan served as the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service. The EEAS supports the High Representative/Vice President of the European Commission, in fulfilling her mandate to ensure the consistency of the Union’s external action. The EEAS also assists the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission in the area of external relations.

David O’Sullivan was Director General for Trade from 2005 to 2010. Previously he was Secretary General of the European Commission from June 2000 to November 2005, Head of Cabinet of Commission President Romano Prodi and Director General for Education and Training. He started his career in the Irish Foreign Ministry and spent four years in the Commission Delegation in Tokyo. He also has extensive experience in EU social and employment policy.

Daniel Bases is an award-winning print and broadcast correspondent who for the last 20+ years has written and analyzed financial, foreign policy and general news. Daniel has worked for Thomson Reuters for the past 18 years on assignments in Latin America, Asia, Europe, the United States and United Nations. In addition to high level government and C-suite interviews, he runs journalism training courses for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and moderates high level panel discussions at Japan Society in New York, New York Society of Security Analysts, IFC/EMPEA and Thomson Reuters.

[5/8/15] Multi-Stakeholder Leadership Workshop in support of the United Nations “Financing for Development Process”

On May 8, 2015 the European-American Chamber of Commerce and UN DESA today hosted a  joint 1/2 day Multi-Stakeholder Leadership Workshop in support of the United Nations “Financing for Development Process”.

The purpose of this workshop was to discuss and propose ideas by the private sector to make available sufficient financing for development projects in the developed and developing world.

Key elements of discussion were:

  • The effectiveness of the international financial system in advancing sustainable development
  • Capital Market Analysis
  • Financing Dialogue: private & public sources and their effectiveness
  • Project Financing: Regulatory Environment, Long-term/Short Term, Risk Management/Risk Sharing


  • Rolf Alter, Director Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
  • Thomas C. Barrett, Director and Chief Representative, European Investment Bank
  • Andy Beck, Chief Financial Officer of AGCO
  • Axel Bertuch-Samuels, Special Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the United Nations
  • John Cavalier, Chairman of the Board, Hudson Clean Energy Partners; Sr. Advisor Energy Group, Credit Suisse
  • Felipe Maria Guinea Benjumea, Structured Finance Director, Abengoa Water
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, The World Bank
  • Mike Parker, Infrastructure Advisory Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Alfred Puchala, CEO, Capitol Peak Asset Management
  • Marc Powell, Lead Partner, Infrastructure Strategy and Finance, PwC
  • William Rhodes, Former Sr. Vice Chair, Citi; CEO, William Rhodes Global Advisors
  • Aniket Shah, Program Leader Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
  • Willem Sutherland, Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Finance and Advisory for the Americas, ING
  • Hugh Welsh, President NA, Royal DSM
  • James Rosener, President EACCNY, Managing Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP
  • Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild, Executive Director, EACCNY & Member of the Business Sector Steering Committee on FfD 


  • John Busuttil, First Counsellor, Economic, Trade & Sustainable Development section, EU Delegation to the United States
  • Kyla Brooke, Economic Advisor, Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the UN
  • Erling Motzfeldt Kravik, Advisor, Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN (on behalf of Co-Facilitator of the FFD Prep Process)
  • Krishnan Sharma, Senior Economist Financing for Development, UN DESA
  • Shari Spiegel, Chief Policy Analysis & Development Branch Financing for Development Office, UN DESA
  • H.E. George Talbot, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guyana to the UN (Co-Facilitator of the FFD Prep Process)

The key findings compiled by the participants of this workshop will be considered for input into the so-called ‘outcome document’ which will be presented at the UN’s International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa. This international business forum will be held July 13-16, 2015 and is a conference at the summit level attended by heads of state, senior business leaders, senior government officials, such as Ministers of Finance/Trade/Development Cooperation, and representatives from the major multilateral development banks.




[06/01/15] EACCNY & Euronext Pan European Days: European American Economic Forum

On June 1, 2015 Euronext, in cooperation with the European American Chamber of Commerce hosted its third pan-European days in the United States aimed at raising the profile of its European listed companies among US investors.

The program was attended by over 200 U.S. and European business executives and investors representing nearly 60 large issuers from across all the Euronext countries, with a market capitalization of above  €400 billion ($445 billion).

Pan-European days half-day European American Business Forum brought together senior government officials, issuers, institutional investors and journalists. Attendees heard debates led by Ministers, CEOs and CFOs from mayor industries, and chief economists from leading financial institutions.

Jos Dijsselhof, Interim CEO and COO of Euronext, said, “Our pan-European days are warmly welcomed by issuers and investors alike and each year we increase the participation from both audiences.  Euronext’s strategy is underscored by our desire to be the leading financing centre in Europe.  In 2014, the total capital raised on our markets topped €104 billion, a significant increase on the €92 billion raised in 2013, of which €50 billion was raised through equities compared with €32 billion in 2013.  It positions Euronext as the second largest exchange in Europe and the sixth largest globally.  This event is one of the key moments of the year for our listed companies allowing them to raise their profile among this important investor base.”

The program included discussions about :

  • What every US investor and European company need to know about Global Financial Regulation.
  • Europe picks up the baton: This panel discussed whether the economic foundations of the out-performance of European markets will be sustained. Recent volatility in the bond market has illustrated the lack of consensus about the effects of quantitative easing. Meanwhile, panel will also address the question of whether the recovery can continue to gain momentum against a background of a febrile, if familiar, political climate.
  • Perspective from European market leaders: Top-level discussion by American and European finance officials & industry leaders on the current economic developments of the European Market.

The KEYNOTE was delivered by: Bart van Ark Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer, THE CONFERENCE BOARD


  • Bart Chilton, former Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC
  • Muriel Goldberg-Darmon & Nicolette Kost de Sèvres, Partner, DLA PIPER
  • Mark Cliffe, Chief Economist, ING
  • Michala Marcussen, Global Head Economics, Société Générale
  • Steve Adler, President & Editor in Chief, REUTERS (mod.)
  • Johan Van Overtveldt, Minister of Finance, BELGIUM
  • Leonardo Mathias, Secretary of State of Economy, PORTUGAL
  • Philippe Bouyoux, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, FRENCH EMBASSY WASHINGTON, DC
  • Francisco de Lacerda, Chairman & CEO, CTT
  • Matthew Taylor, CEO, BEKAERT
  • Ali Velshi, Host, AL JAZEERA AMERICA (mod.)

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[09/29/15] Special Latvia Briefing & Business Dialog

On September 29, 2015 EACCNY hosted a business dialog with representatives from the Latvian Government, Latvia Railways and the Latvian Chamber of Commerce to discuss Business opportunities in the logistics/railroad and banking sector and developments affecting financial markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Insights gained during the recent Latvian EU Presidency, an update on the state of the European Union’s economy, and information about investment opportunities in Latvia’s infrastructure.

[10/16/2015] EACCNY rings Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

The European American Chamber of Commerce had the distinct honor of ringing the October 16, 2015 Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange NYSE.

This was a new milestone for the EACCNY and its members, who through engagement, recognize our important mission of facilitating networking and relationships between European and American business executives.

[12/2/2015] Private Breakfast Briefing with Prime Minister of Slovenia & Business Delegation

On December 2, 2015 the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia in the U.S hosted a Private Breakfast Briefing & Business Dialogue with Prime Minister of Slovenia H. E. Miro Cerar.

New York was the starting point of the Prime Minister’s first visit to the United States.  He was accompanied members of his cabinet and the CEO of the Bank Asset Management Company (BAMC) who discussed privatization projects and the restructuring of remaining distressed assets.

Part of the Prime Ministers entourage was also a delegation of C-level business executives from some of Slovenia’s key industrial sectors, they included: Banking, Home Appliance, Oil/Petrol, Telecom, Industrial Technology/Manufacturing, Insurance, Infrastructure, as well as Science & Research Institutions and other Academia.

The Slovenian delegation and the US guests of the EACC NY had the opportunity to network in an intimate setting to discuss investment and business opportunities in Slovenia, and their plans for expansion in both Slovenia and the United States.

[12/15/2015] Private Lunch with EU Commissioner for Digital Economy Günther H. Oettinger

On December 15, 2015 the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York hosted a Private Lunch & Business Dialogue with the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, Günter H. Oettinger.

The EU Commissioner was accompanied by members of his cabinet and the European Commission’s Principal Advisor to the Director General in charge of Internet Governance.

During the Private Lunch, the a select group of guests of the EACC NY had the opportunity to discuss the Digital Economy, including the ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market across all EU member states.

The EU Commissioner addressed questions and concerns and provided an update on the ongoing reform of the EU’s telecom regulation, data privacy rules and efforts to streamline the regulatory environment across the EU. Also discussed were plans to develop measures to make online communications and data flows more efficient and secure. Both highly relevant topic in today’s increasingly digitized world.