About the Author: Jonathan Howard serves as Deputy Press Attache at the U.S. Mission to the European Union.
Secretary of State John Kerry was welcomed on his first visit to Brussels, the “Capital of Europe,” by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on April 22. After discussing ways to strengthen the transatlantic partnership, President Barroso and Secretary Kerry engaged in a wide-ranging dialogue with future U.S. and EU leaders who are currently doing young professional “stagiaire” fellowships at the European Commission. Rather than share my own thoughts on the event, I would like to share with you the observations of Alex Gish, a “stagiaire” at the European Commission who posed the first question at the event. Alex writes:
“When Secretary of State… more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with High Representative of the European Union Catherine Ashton at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on February 14, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/02/204788.htm
Office of the Spokesperson
January 7, 2013
In The Hague, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Dutch officials to discuss topics of regional and global concern and to underscore support for Dutch security missions around the world.
Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU).
On January 10 and 11 in Dublin, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Irish government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. He will also meet with EU Political Directors as part of regular consultations with the EU to discuss issues on the transatlantic and global agendas.
Office of the Spokesperson
December 5, 2012
The fourth U.S.-EU Energy Council met today in Brussels and was chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President Catherine Ashton, Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. The Energy Council, a central component of the U.S.-EU energy relationship, promotes transparent and secure global energy markets; fosters cooperation on regulatory frameworks that encourage the efficient and sustainable use of energy; and identifies joint research priorities that promote clean energy technologies. These actions help to boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Energy Council recognized the ongoing work in consolidating the EU internal energy market, which has greatly reduced the vulnerabilities of EU member states to gas supply disruption, diversified choices for electricity and gas sources and routes, and improved the opportunities for renewable energy producers.
The Energy Council recognized the expansion of shale gas and shale oil production in the United States, which is having a profound impact on global energy markets. The Council also acknowledged the continued importance of exchanging information on best practices and regulatory requirements, in particular within the framework of the high level platform on unconventional gas best practices planned by the International Energy Agency. MORE
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Embassy Brussels, Chief of Mission Residence
December 4, 2012
SECRETARY CLINTON: (Applause.) Thank you. It is truly both an honor and a great pleasure to be here with all of you in this extraordinary tripartite mission that has done so much and accomplished such a great deal in the last four years. I want to begin, of course, to thank our ambassadors here in Brussels Ivo, Bill, and Howard, or as Howard likes to say, the intelligent one, the dignified one, and the good-looking one. (Laughter.) But I’ll leave it to all of you to decide. (Laughter.)
But I’m sure you will find agreement because the three of these extraordinary ambassadors have worked so well together. And I also want to thank Elisa, Deborah, and Michelle because they have been terrific partners and representatives of our country as well. So I think we should give a round of applause to our ambassadors and (inaudible). (Applause.)
Now I am pleased to be back in Brussels. I am sad that this will be my last official trip, but I am very gratified by the extraordinary working relationship that all of you have had here in Brussels and that we have had across the Atlantic. Let me start by saying a few words about Embassy Brussels because I think Howard was absolutely right in specifically stating that the work of Embassy Brussels has fortified our relationship, has built greater mutual understanding and respect. MORE
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Prague, the Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Dublin, Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland December 3-7.
Secretary Clinton will travel to Prague, the Czech Republic, December 3 to meet with Czech officials on strengthening Czech energy independence, as well as advancing human rights and supporting democratic transitions around the world.
Secretary Clinton will visit Brussels, Belgium, December 4-5 to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The Secretary and her counterparts will discuss current security challenges in the Western Balkans and NATO’s global partnerships. The Secretary will participate in a foreign ministers’ meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on December 4 and of the NATO-Georgia Commission on December 5. NATO foreign ministers will also meet with their non-NATO partners… more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Bosnian Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegovic and European Union High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 30, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
October 30, 2012
SECRETARY CLINTON: The United States shares with the European Union a vision of a peaceful, stable, prosperous Bosnia-Herzegovina that is fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic institutions. We believe that joining the European Union and NATO offers this country, especially the young people of this country, the best path to lasting stability and prosperity. We have no doubt that Bosnia-Herzegovina belongs in Europe. And we also believe strongly that the young people, some of whom I was privileged to meet with two years ago, deserve that kind of future.
Now since my visit in 2010, there has been some progress toward these goals. Last month’s local elections showed the strength of the people’s commitment to their own future. Free and fair elections, including voting rights for internally displaced people and returnees, are a key element of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s future as a member of the EU and of the Euro-Atlantic Alliance. MORE