EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2001: Abstract: Burghardt

November 15, 2001Ambassador Guenter Burghardt

Ambassador Guenter Burghardt, European Union, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, Washington, D.C.

In his well received lecture, entitled : New Challenges for the Transatlantic Partnership, Ambassador Guenter Burghardt, Head of the European Commission Delegation to the United States discussed a number of new challenges for the transatlantic partnership in the wake of the events of 11 September, and also a number of important - and related - economic and political developments within the European Union. He pointed out that the European Union has been the driving force in Europe’s profound transformation during the second half of the 20th century. Its emergence from the ashes of the old system of rivaling nation-states has been the most remarkable success story of contemporary politics. He underlined that the European Union is vigorously pursuing the agenda of further deepening it’s unity and extending it to the new democracies liberated from Communist domination.

The terrible event of 11 September was a turning point in the transatlantic relationship, said the Ambassador. It presented a formidable challenge for the United States, the European Union, and the development of the transatlantic relationship. It underscored the need to generate even greater commitment and common purpose to push ahead with the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA), which consists of four broad ‘chapters: expanding our common values, to address together regional and global challenges, to manage the bilateral and multilateral aspects of our all important economic relationship, and last but not least to have people-to-people dialogues between both sides of the Atlantic.

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