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Amcham EU Transatlantic Week - Brussels

AmCham Croatia Policy Manager Darjan Dragičević, together with the Chair of the Trade and Investment Committee Stanko Kršlović and Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee Ivan Tolić, took part in the Brussels Policy Briefing and Annual Transatlantic Conference organized by AmCham EU. The 2016 Transatlantic Week brought together many AmChams in Europe (ACE) members, stakeholders from EU institutions, Permanent Representations, NGOs, and for the first time representatives of the US Commercial Service.

On 17 March, AmCham Croatia’s representatives had the pleasure of attending the annual Transatlantic Conference, at which The Transatlantic Economy 2016 study was launched. David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US; Joseph Quinlan, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University; Jean-Luc Demarty, Director-General of DG Trade; Michael Punke, Deputy US Trade Representative and US Ambassador to the WTO; Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU, delivered keynote addresses on the longstanding importance of transatlantic relations and the opportunity to deepen these ties. These were followed by a high level panel discussion on the transatlantic relationship at a crossroads: economic and political cooperation in a changing world.

Thought-provoking and productive breakout sessions were then held on three key issues related to the transatlantic economy: The Digital Market, Financial Services, and Transatlantic Security Cooperation. Key themes that emerged from these debates included the opportunity of further digitalization of industry to the EU and to the US economies, need for a sound legal and policy framework in order to strengthen international security, and creating open capital markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Panelists and participants discussed the gains and opportunities that TTIP in particular could offer to boost the transatlantic economy and enhance its position as the most integrated economic relationship in the world.