The current conflict in Ukraine has shown the importance of close cooperation between the United States and the European Union to defend the system of international law.

Read more about what the U.S. and EU are doing to support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people on DipNote and watch Secretary Kerry’s remarks with EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton.

Following the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London on November 24 to meet with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton accompanied the Secretary as he traveled from Geneva, Switzerland, to London, U.K.  Go to state.gov for trip details and more photos from the Secretary’s travel.

Following the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London on November 24 to meet with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton accompanied the Secretary as he traveled from Geneva, Switzerland, to London, U.K.  Go to state.gov for trip details and more photos from the Secretary’s travel.

We congratulate Croatia and recommit ourselves to the larger goal of welcoming the entire Balkans into a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.
Vice President Joe Biden in his Op-Ed in The Financial Times
Visegrád Four: Key Partners in the Transatlantic Community
 
On May 14, I hosted my counterparts from the foreign ministries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.  These four Central European countries form a consultative group called the Visegrád Four, or V4.  Although under Communist rule from the 1940s until 1989, in less than a generation they have successfully built democratic governments and transitioned to market economies, earning membership in NATO and the European Union. MORE

President Barroso and Secretary Kerry Engage the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso meet with young European and American fellows in Brussels, Belgium, on April 22, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11, 2013

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
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.

Joint Statement on the U.S.-EU Energy Council

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
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.

Energy Security

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

Secretary Clinton Meets With the Staff and Families of the U.S. Missions to the EU and NATO, and U.S. Embassy Brussels

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Embassy Brussels, Chief of Mission Residence
Brussels, Belgium
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

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Prague, Brussels, Dublin, and Belfast

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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 »