Kick Off to the Belgian Presidency
In anticipation of the upcoming Belgian Presidency of the European Union, AmCham Belgium organized an exclusive Board and Patron Members cocktail, kindly hosted by Howard W. Gutman, US Ambassador to Belgium. Here’s a visual look at the evenings highlights…
US Ambassador to Belgium Howard W. Gutman and his wife graciously hosted the event at their residence.
Over 60 people from AmCham Belgium, AmCham EU, the Belgian government and the US Embassy attended the cocktail reception.
This reception was tied into the upcoming Belgian Presidency to the EU, which starts in July.
In preparation for the Belgian Presidency, AmCham EU had its traditional Presidency meetings with high level Belgian Officials, including the Minister of Defense (who was in attendance at the event). These meetings take place about six months before a country takes up the EU Presidency, when an AmCham EU delegation visits the next Presidency country.
According to Ambassador Gutman, “we have high expectations for the Belgian Presidency”.
“The people ready to carry the football have never been more capable than the Belgians,” says the Ambassador.
“We are in two days of high-energy meetings with Belgian government officials,” says Rory McMillan, Chair of Presidency Group, AmCham EU.
According to McMillan, “AmCham EU is partnering with AmCham Belgium to make sure the interests of US companies are heard at all levels of power”.
Some of the main issues discussed during the evening were climate change, innovation, jobs and the prosperity of Europe.
AmCham Belgium President Scott Beardsley said one of his organization’s priorities was “making Belgium, the heartland of Europe, a better place for doing business”.
The focus of AmCham Belgium is on such “bread and butter issues” as lowering taxes, working on social charges and compensation, attracting R&D, creating jobs and putting people back to work, says Beardsley.