On February 5th, 2013, BAIA held the much awaited Europe & The US: The Next Four Years panel event with Consul Generals in San Francisco Mauro Battocchi (Italy), Priya Guha (Great Britain), Jorge Montealegre (Spain), and Peter Rothen (Germany) and moderated by Dana King, award winning broadcast journalist.
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With a record attendance of nearly 200 attendees and supporters, the event was a great success, held at the offices of Squire Sanders in downtown San Francisco and sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, Squire Sanders, and Bank of the West. The evening was a unique opportunity to meet and get to know the four Consuls with ample time for quality networking and a nice prelude to the panel discussion.
Panel Agrees: EU-US Relations Are Getting Stronger
The lively panel discussion was primarily focused on the economic relations and trade agreements between the European Union and the US in the next coming years. A key highlight from the panel was that the bilateral relations between the EU and US are getting stronger – not weaker – even despite the fact that developing countries, namely BRIC, are also building stronger relations. The panel’s view was unanimous: the EU-US ties in the next years are going to grow and the effects from developing countries should not be looked as subtractive to EU-US bilateral relations. In terms of foreign trade, Germany, the UK, and Italy all rely substantially on the US market both in terms of imports and exports. So much so, that the four Consuls stressed on the importance of establishing a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the US for the future.
For a synopsis, view the evening highlights:
On behalf of BAIA, I’d like to thank Consul Generals Mauro Battocchi, Priya Guha, Jorge Montealegre, and Peter Rothen. Consul General of France, Romain Serman, was unable to attend. A special thanks to Dana King and Grazia Bennett for making this event a success!