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SFS presents high-level briefs at European Parliament’s Summer Conference in Portugal

PORTO, Portugal – SFS recently participated in the European Parliament’s Summer Conference in Porto, Portugal from June 27-29, 2013.

Hosted by the European Ideas Network (EIN), the think tank of the European Parliament’s European People’s Party (EPP), the conference was titled “The European Union and the Americas: Building Bridges.”

Founded by Christian Democratic parties in 1976, the EPP forms the largest collection of center-right European political parties, and currently holds the majority of seats in the EU Parliament.

The annual Summer University conference brings together hundreds of policy makers and opinion leaders from throughout Europe, including past and present heads of state, cabinet members, parliamentarians, business leaders, journalists, commentators, think tank experts, academia, and other civil society leaders.

SFS Senior Fellows Jon Perdue and J.D. Gordon spoke to the delegates on two key topics pertaining to Trans-Atlantic Relations. Perdue spoke on “Geopolitics: EU – Central and South America: a new balance of power in a Globalized World,” along with fellow panel members Dr. Juan Jose Daboub, CEO of Global Adaptation Institute and former Managing Director at the World Bank, ​Nuno Texeira MEP, Member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, and Staffan Jerneck, Director of Corporate Relations at the Centre for European Policy Studies.

Gordon spoke on “Trans-Atlantic Relations: Is the U.S. still a privileged partner?” alongside U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Dan Fisk, Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning, International Republican Institute, Ambassador Javier Rupérez, former Executive Director of the U.N. Security Council, and Duarte Freitas, former Member of the European Parliament and currently Member of Portugal’s Parliament.

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