The Aspen Initiative for Europe visited Washington during the week of June 5, 2017, to learn in greater depth the views of business representatives on the current status of the EU-U.S. relationship. Initial comments about the EU by Trump Administration officials raised substantial concern about the short-term future of the relationship. With the recently completed trip of President Trump to both NATO and G7 summits providing some updated thinking, a group of EU thought-leaders under the auspices of the Aspen Initiative for Europe will be seeking to share observations with U.S. counterparts.
The meeting was chaired by Ivan Hodac, President, Aspen Institute Central Europe. Opening remarks were made by Tim Bennett, TABC; Stuart Eizenstat, Covington & Burling; David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States; and George Ciamba, State Secretary, MFA, Bucharest.