A breakfast discussion with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on the importance of U.S.-EU trade.
Despite the rise of China and other developing economies, the United States and European Union remain each other’s largest trading partners. Bilateral trade between the two totaled over $1.15 trillion in 2017. Of that, U.S. exports to the 28-member trade block amounted to $528 billion. European imports on the other hand reached $629 billion—marking a deficit of $101 billion. Join us as we host the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who will discuss his efforts to increase U.S. competitiveness abroad while advancing U.S.-EU relations.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
The U.S. Senate confirmed Gordon Sondland in June 2018 as U.S. Representative to the European Union with the rank of Ambassador. He is the founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, a national owner and operator of full-service boutique lifestyle hotels. Ambassador Sondland previously served on Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s transition team, as well as on the Commission for White House Fellowships, appointed by President George W. Bush. Read more.
Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director, Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA
Alexandra Lieben serves as Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. Read more.