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High-level EU Visits to the U.S. in the Week of 18 September 2017

Public events with European Commissioners in New York City and Washington, DC.

On Monday, September 18th, European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, and European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, will give public remarks in Washington, DC, on economic, financial and competition developments in the European Union and their impact for the transatlantic economy (more on AEI event with Commissioner Vestager here and on Brookings event with Commissioner Moscovici here). Commissioner Moscovici will also address the future of the Eurozone at a public event at the European Institute at Columbia University in New York on Thursday, September 21st (more here).

Two additional public events with European Commissioners will take place in New York on Monday, September 18th. First, Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans will speak on Free Expression at the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will launch the Alliance for Torture-Free Trade.

European Commissioner Vera Jourová visits Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley to discuss Privacy Shield and Hate Speech

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová will also travel to Washington, DC on Monday, September 18th, to launch the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The purpose of the review is to establish whether the arrangement adopted on 12 July, now used by over 2,400 firms, properly secures transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S. After discussions with U.S. administration and gathering feedback from range of stakeholders, from businesses to NGOs, the Commission will publish a report with its assessment in the coming weeks. The Commissioner will then visit Silicon Valley September 19-20 to quiz tech companies on their experience with Privacy Shield and discuss the ongoing work on social platforms in the EU, including combating illegal online hate speech, user’s terms and conditions, gender equality, especially in a tech environment and other upcoming EU initiatives. In particular, she’ll meet Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, representatives of Google and other tech companies, start-ups and NGOs. She will give a keynote at Berkeley University on ‘Between freedom and security – The future of justice on the Internet’. More information on the Privacy Shield is available online, as well as in a short video.

Several European Commissioners will also attend meetings of the UN General Assembly this week. More here.

More information on the visit by Commissioner Moscovici in Washington, DC, and New York

Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici travels to the United States on Sunday for several days of meetings with U.S. policymakers and stakeholders in Washington, D.C. and New York, including Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, as well as the Director-General of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva. On Monday in Washington he will deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution entitled ‘Europe’s window of opportunity: Seizing the moment to strengthen the Eurozone’. On Wednesday in New York, the Commissioner will attend the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and on Thursday he will take part in a conversation on ‘Transforming the Eurozone’ at Columbia University.