Highlights of Past Events - 2021

06/01/21 – Hear the EU’s Executive Vice President and Commissioner for Trade, on EU-US Trade & Economic Relations under Biden

Where is Europe’s economy headed? The continent’s growth should be picking up steam as vaccination programs kick in, lock-downs and travel restrictions are relaxed and global trade recovers. The United States, Great Britain, China and other economies which put the Covid-19 crisis into the rear mirror quicker, are already buzzing with economic activity.

Join us for an exclusive discussion with Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Union’s Executive Vice President and Trade Commissioner, on how the world’s biggest economic region will attempt to narrow the growth gap in coming months. Commissioner Dombrovskis will also discuss what lessons policymakers should take from the coronavirus crisis, the future of supply chains, strategic autonomy and how he sees trade relations between the EU and key partners, including the UK, United States and China, progressing.

Discussion topics include:

  • The state of Europe’s recovery and economic outlook, incl. how the rescue packages on both sides of the Atlantic compare in terms of volume and how they address the issues at hand
  • Agenda items for the EU US Summit later in the month, incl. Aircraft and Steel tariffs, Vaccine Patents and Europe’s plan for its Digital Tax
  • The state of the trade discussions between Europe and the U.S. incl. opportunities to green transatlantic trade, the U.S.’s Buy America plans, and how that may affect European companies
  • The work that has been done to set up a US/EU Trade & Tech Council
  • How Europe and the U.S. can reengage to work together on China, WTO reform and Climate Change

Commissioner Dombrovskis is uniquely positioned to shed light on these pressing issues and be happy to share his and the European Commission’s views on the way forward to restore Transatlantic collaboration to solve the pressing issues of today.


  • H.E. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President & Trade Commissioner
  • Rob Cox, Global Editor, Reuters Breakingviews (Moderator)

05/20/21 – Quarterly EU Economic Update: The Post-Pandemic Recovery – Ready for the ‘Roaring Twenties’?

Despite a rocky start, the vaccine rollout is now accelerating and Europe can look forward to a progressive return to normalcy in the coming months. With consumer optimism on the rise and firms investing in the re-opening, the stage is set for a sharp acceleration of economic activity in the second half of 2021.

The stronger than expected global recovery and a spur of public investment in green and digital technologies should sustain the recovery over the medium term, while a commitment to long-delayed structural reforms could potentially lift productivity after a period of stagnant growth. Join us for a webinar with Mr. Kristian Orsini and Mr. Ben Carliner to discuss the European Commission’s latest economic forecast and learn how Europe is turning the page on the pandemic and reshaping its economic governance to be better prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.


  • Kris OrsiniCounsellor 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]

This webinar was funded by the European Union.

05/05/21 – COVID-19, A Hard Look Back & A Look Ahead: Lessons learned and what needs to change to be more resilient for the next pandemic

What are the lessons of the last 18 months? What could we have done better? What has our experience of the Covid pandemic taught us about how to prepare for the next global shock?

Join us for a discussion about what, so far, we have learned from the Covid Pandemic, from an Economic & Government standpoint and which considerations we need to take now and more importantly what type of actions we need to put into place to increase our resilience going forward.

Our panel will explore:

  • Which measures have worked to address the COVID-19 Pandemic and which ones did not and why?
  • Which indicators we can rely on to show us where we are in the course of the Pandemic and when we are truly seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Looking ahead what will be the long-term fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic and how can it be mitigated.
  • What should be the New Normal we want to see our economies & societies come back to.
  • How has the pandemic changes societies and businesses/the economies on both sides of the Atlantic (and worldwide)?
  • Which measures worked to stabilize the economic fall out and which worked in terms of setting policies. How can we build forward, better?
  • What structural changes need to be put into place to manage the next pandemic/major crises (health or environmental)?


  • Magdalena Andersson, Swedish Minister for Finance
  • Pierre MoscoviciPremier Président de la Cour des Comptes, France; Former European Commissioner for Economic & Financial Affairs, Taxation & Customs
  • Rolf AlterEconomist, Fellow, HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE
  • Eduardo PorterEconomics Reporter, THE NEW YORK TIMES [Moderator]

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]