The Trustees of the
BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Cordially Invite You to an Address by
His Excellency David O'Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union
To the United States
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE
Members: Free of Charge
Guest of a Member: $10.00 Non-Member: $25.00
“The Future of the EU and Transatlantic Relations”
The stakes for Europe today and, in extension, for the United States are profound. Cultural change, discussed for decades, now is in the minds of all as immigration accelerates as a powerful unsettling force and concern over radical Islam dominates much of public discussion and behavior. These matters are super imposed over established concerns about the future of the European economy and the European Union itself, as illustrated by the June 23rd vote in Great Britain on exiting. Somewhat subordinated in the public eye in the United States are important issues: the future of NATO; European mediation in confronting the perhaps limited imperialism of Russia; the interest of some, such as France, in expanded international leadership roles; and the possible unraveling of Great Britain.
It is fortuitous to be joined at this fascinating time of true crisis by a commanding authority, the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, His Excellency David O’Sullivan.
Ambassador O’Sullivan was trained in economics at Trinity College in Dublin from which he later was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. He did graduate work at the College of Europe, Bruges from which he later was awarded Alumnus of the Year. He joined The Irish Department on Foreign Affairs in 1975 and then entered the European Commission in 1979. Over the years, he has had responsibilities for a variety of social affairs: education, youth training, social dialogue, labor law, employment and culture.
He became Secretary General of the European Commission (2000 – 2005), following a time as Head of Cabinet for President Prodi. Director General for Trade from 2005 – 2010 followed. Importantly, as Director General for External Relations, he was responsible for setting up the European External Action Service (the European Union’s diplomatic corps), for which he then became its first Chief Operating Officer, serving for three years. Widely experienced and seasoned, he became the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States in 2014.
This is an extraordinary moment for Europe, in which our culture is rooted, and which has been our good friend over the past half century.
It is a distinct honor and privilege to welcome Ambassador David O’Sullivan to the Council.