On 12 February 2004, the AJC Transatlantic Institute was inaugurated before a gathering of over 200 ministers, parliamentarians, EU officials, diplomats, journalists, Jewish community leaders and key members of civil society.
10 years later, TAI marked a decade of engagement with the EU by holding a celebratory dinner featuring speeches and remarks from, among others, Cecilia Malmström (European Commissioner for Home Affairs) and Didier Reynders (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium).
Minister Reynders came to the dinner directly from the airport, following a royal visit to Rome, to award the Ordre de la Couronne to TAI Chair Emeritus Harold Tanner and AJC Executive Director David Harris.
From l to r: TAI Chair Emeritus Harold Tanner, Belgian Deputy PM and FM Didier Reynders
and AJC Executive Director David Harris
To read more about the dinner and to see the pictures, click here.
AJC marked the anniversary by bringing a 65-person leadership delegation from the US as a sign of their commitment to transatlantic relations. The week-long program included meetings with senior EU and NATO officials, Members of the European Parliament and key civic society leaders. The mission was chaired by TAI board member Larry Adelman of Chicago. To read more about the mission and to see the pictures, click here.
As a final component to the anniversary, TAI and its long-standing partners the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung hosted the second Transatlantic Security Conference at the Residence Palace in Brussels. The conference featured two panels, one on challenge of Iran and the other on the question of data protection – both issues that top the transatlantic agenda.
For more information on the conference and to see the pictures, click here.