Highlights of Past Events - 2021

03/11/21 – A Conversation with the Eurogroup President and Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD

Join us in conversation with Minister Donohoe as he discusses key economic questions and give his priorities and perspectives for the relationships between Ireland, Europe and the US as we move into a post-pandemic world.

Minister Paschal Donohoe TD has held the role of Minister for Finance of Ireland since June 2017. He was elected President of the Eurogroup on 9 July 2020 for a two and half year term.  Minister Donohoe has also served as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Minister for Transport, and Minister of State for European Affairs.  He represents the Dublin Central constituency and has been in elected positions since 2004.  Minister Donohoe holds a degree in Politics and Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

This event was organized by the European American Chamber of Commerce New York in partnership with Mr Ciarán Madden, Consul General of Ireland New York


  • Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance of Ireland and President of the EUROGROUP
  • Swaha Pattanaik, Global Economics Editor, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS

03/04/21 – The Future of Trade: How can Europe and the United States join forces to rewrite the post-COVID trade agenda

Under the Biden administration, Americans and Europeans need to rebuild as close a transatlantic relationship as possible. Transatlantic partners may have different viewpoints on specific trade issues. But both sides have much to gain by working together on trade related issues in many areas and intensifying the closest economic relationship there is between any two big markets in the world.

Europeans and Americans face a number of constraints to return to a more positive trade agenda than what we have experienced during the last four years of transatlantic relations. The WTO has been weakened by various developments, not least Donald Trump’s policies and the systemic challenge China is posing to the way we view open and fair trade. With that said, there are no winners when the world economy is impaired by trade tensions and especially Europe and the U.S. have much to gain from a joint trade agenda.


  • What should be the cornerstones of transatlantic re-engagement on trade and what, concretely, could Europeans and Americans reach agreement on in the near-term?
  • What does Europe mean by “strategic autonomy” and how will pursuing it affect the transatlantic relationship?
  • Do sectoral agreements in areas like professional recognition of qualifications, freedom of Movement, and types of trade in services not covered by the WTO’s “essentially all trade” requirement promise a good way forward? How could they leverage common transatlantic standards for their advantage?
  • What might be a cooperative way to approach sanctions, data regimes, and subsidies that have been a source of transatlantic tensions?
  • How could they approach WTO reform and bring China into multilateral disciplines ensuring a more leveled playing field?


  • Pascal LamyPresident Emeritus, JACQUES DELORS INSTITUTE, Former Director-General, WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
  • William Alan Reinsch,  Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS), Former President, NATIONAL FOREIGN TRADE COUNCIL
  • Jonathan HackenbroichPolicy Fellow, EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS [Moderator]

02/25/21 – EU Medium-Term Economic Outlook: Vaccine and New Policy Developments Fuel Optimism

As the global economy emerges from the pandemic, the EU has launched an ambitious Recovery Plan that will underpin strong growth and a green, digital transformation.

With the pace of vaccine distribution set to increase steadily over the coming months and a Brexit deal on the books, there is good reason to be optimistic about the future. Although the second wave of the pandemic will inevitably delay the recovery of the EU economy, green shoots are beginning to show and the outlook for the second half of 2021 looks almost rosy.

The EU is already emerging from this crisis as a stronger, more unified, and more forward-looking union. In the short term, the pace of the recovery will depend crucially on ongoing accommodative fiscal and monetary policies. Looking ahead, the EU-funded recovery plan – known as Next Generation EU – will play a central role in reviving the economy and preparing Europe for new challenges and opportunities. By prioritizing investments in green technology and the digital transition while promoting structural reforms, Next Generation EU will trigger a pro-growth agenda that will not only boost living standards and quality of life across Europe, but also make it a more efficient and productive place to do business. The EU is also looking forward to robust cooperation with the new Administration in Washington, D.C. A renewed transatlantic partnership has the potential to tackle the many challenges facing the global economy.

Join us for an in-depth discussion of all these issues, as well as an overview of the latest EU economic outlook. Top European economic experts Kris Orsini and Ben Carliner will walk you through the recent economic data, discuss the outlook, and explain how the EU’s recovery and reform agendas go hand in hand.


  • Kris OrsiniCounselor for Economic and Financial Affairs, EU DELEGATION TO THE UNITED STATES
  • Ben CarlinerSenior Economist, EU DELEGATION TO THE UNITED STATES
  • Yvonne Bendinger-RothschildExecutive Director, EUROPEAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEW YORK [Moderator]

02/11/21 – With a Brexit Deal Done, What is Next? A Look Ahead on EU & UK Relations with the EU’s Brexit Negotiator

Join us for first hand insights on Britain’s Exit from the European Union with Stefaan De Rynck, Senior Adviser to Michel Barnier the Chief Negotiator for Brexit at the EU Commission.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to hear the inside scoop on the thinking and process of the last 4 years of intense negotiations to coordinate the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU. Mr. De Rynck will offer a parting analysis and elaborate on – looking back – what has been achieved.

In conversation with John Foley, of Reuters Breakingviews, Mr. De Rynck will answer questions like:
“What will the future of EU-UK trade look like?”,
“What did we get and what did we not achieve with the agreement?”,
“Who got the better deal and did the EU get everything they wanted?”,
and “Why have financial services not been included in the negotiated deal?”

There will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

This program is a must-attend for all U.S. and European companies that need to know about the consequences of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.


  • Stefaan De RynckSenior Adviser to the Chief Negotiator for Brexit, EU COMMISSION
  • John Sinclair FoleyU.S. editor, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS [Moderator]

01/27/21 – The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship with the New US Administration

Join us for discussion with H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU Ambassador to the United States, about the outlook for transatlantic relations under the Biden-Harris Presidency. The Ambassador will outline the recent Joint Communication on a new EU-US agenda for global change, issued by President von der Leyen and HR/VP Borrell on December 2, 2020.

We will explore the EU’s moves to engage the incoming Administration on a number of fronts – to ensure recovery from COVID-19, resolve trade tensions, boost cooperation on climate, and work together to reform and reinforce multilateral organizations including the WTO and WHO.


  • H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
  • John Rufus GiffordFormer Deputy Campaign Manager, BIDEN2020, Former United States Ambassador to Denmark [Moderator]