On July 13, 2015, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion with The Honorable Andrej Plenkovic. Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Mr. Plenkovic previewed the European Union’s revision of its Common Security and Defense Policy; gave his assessment of changes to the Union’s Neighborhood Policy; offered his perspective on the current situation in Ukraine and how the EU can most effectively reinforce peace initiatives and address rising economic and humanitarian needs; assessed the current situation in Southeastern Europe and managing prospects for EU enlargement, and shared his thoughts on the ongoing Greek debt crisis and the implications for both the Eurozone ad the European Union.
On December 4, 2014, The European Institute hosted a breakfast discussion with The Honorable Marko Mihkelson, Member of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) & Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee who assessed the rapidly evolving global security environment facing both Europe and the United States. Mr. Mihkelson emphasized that the current situation in Ukraine and Europe’s Eastern neighborhood presents a challenge not only to Estonia but to all countries that respect international law share common values, and he stressed the importance of updating the European Security Strategy which has not been revised since 2003.
On April 30, 2014, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion with Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on the challenges facing the transatlantic security alliance. General Flynn addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the impact of the Edward Snowden revelations, and stressed the vital importance of stronger cooperation between the United States and Europe in tackling critical global security issues.
On November 12, 2013, The European Institute, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia hosted a special meeting with The Honorable Roman Jakic, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Slovenia to discuss the future of Euro-Atlantic security integration. Minister Jakic focused on the prospects for greater regional cooperation in the Balkans, the prospects for NATO enlargement in 2014, and the vital role that NATO continues to play in insuring security for both Europe and the United States in a rapidly changing global strategic environment.
On September 20, 2013, The European Institute, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, convened a luncheon discussion with The Honorable Kristian Vigenin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.The meeting focused on the implications of the Syrian crisis for both Europe and Bulgaria. Minister Vigenin called for increased security and technical assistance to handle the steady flow of Syrian refugees to his country as well as for greater solidarity from Bulgaria’s European neighbors in providing humanitarian assistance for the refugees. He also expressed hope that a resolution could be agreed upon during the United Nations General Assembly for an effective dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons capability, and warily welcomed the marked change of tenor from Tehran’s leadership.
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