August 5, 2013
It is not just Kellen celebrating 50 years of business. In July, the American Chamber to the European Union (Amcham EU) also celebrated its 50th anniversary as a major contributor to transatlantic cooperation and investment support. Composed of over 140 US headquartered companies with operations in the EU, the Chamber has been built into a very influential group in legislative, regulatory and policy developments in the European Union.
On July 11th, the Chamber celebrated the 50 year anniversary with a gala dinner with over 1,000 executives and policy makers, including remarks from William Kennard, the American Ambassador to the EU, Herman van Rompuy, the European Union’s President, and Virginia Rometty, the CEO of IBM. See photos below from the event. 50 years ago the American Chamber to the EU started as a small Committee linked to the Chamber in Belgium. It has now developed into a powerhouse of influence in Brussels and across the EU.
I have participated in the Chamber since 1988, via Ernst & Young and now in relation to the Kellen Company. I work with Susan Danger who has been Executive Director for over 10 years. Our colleagues and companies provide input in issues ranging from the financial, healthcare, food, IT to energy industries. The exchange has worked with associations and companies and has helped to facilitate business issues between the two global blocks. US and EU companies have contributed to investment, jobs and trade, into each other’s areas, with annual trade at US$500 billion each year and Foreign Direct Investment between the two totaling US$300 billion. It also provides the strong foundation for the EU-US Free Trade agreement for which negotiations have just begun.
Kellen Europe has a vested interest in promoting American-European relations, and once again sponsored the 4th July annual reception of the three American ambassadors in Brussels. They all complete their term in Brussels, however, but Kellen Europe staff continues its strong relations with the officials at US Mission to the EU.
Organizations like the American Chamber to the EU can help organizations and companies to expand and flourish in a global market. Is your association ready for all the changes in Europe? Are you keeping abreast of all of the regulatory issues, membership or educational opportunities that could be waiting for you in Europe? From all of us at Kellen Company, congratulations to Amcham EU and here’s to another 50 years!