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23 January 2018 10:53
RE: Trans Atlantic Business Council
On behalf of Commissioner Malmström, thank you for your email. As the agenda of the Commissioner is rather full in the weeks
to come, we suggest a meeting with Cabinet member Christian Burgsmüller. Kindly let me know whether that would be
agreeable to you. Thanks.
European Commission Cabinet of Commissioner Cecilia MALMSTRÖM: Trade
phone : +
Guardans, Ignasi [mailto Art.4.1(b)
Friday, January 19, 2018 3:37 PM
MALMSTROM Cecilia (CAB-MALMSTROM)
Trans Atlantic Business Council
I hope you started well 2018!
I wanted to personally share with you these news which you may have received from other channels or via your team:
as you can see here and in the attached press release, the Transatlantic Business Council is restructuring internally:
starting February 1, it will be managed by K&L Gates both in Brussels and in Washington DC. And that means that after
that date I will be acting as TABC Director on the European side.
As you know, the promotion and support of transatlantic trade is the most important issue in the TABC agenda, and
essentially one of its reasons to exist. At the same time, and for that very reason, the lack of progress in the
transatlantic dialogue in this area has contributed to the general weakening of structures dedicated to a real and
efficient transatlantic business dialogue. These changes at the TABC are also witness to that, while at the same time
they prove the commitment of several large companies to remain engaged even in times which may not seem easy.
I know that the current TABC Director General, Tim Benett will be communicating this to people in your team to provide
continuity in the fluent relationship. But on a more direct and informal basis, I also wanted you to have this directly
from me. Once the handover has taken place, I would really love to have the opportunity to hear from you directly, in a
conversation as frank as possible, about what you believe would be the best service the TABC and its members can
offer to an advance in this whole matter and, if I may, for me to push for it. And indeed, there will later be
opportunities and requests for formal meetings of the TABC members and people on your team to keep working
together in the good direction.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Dr. Ignasi Guardans
K&L Gates LLP
The View Building
26 Rue de l’Industrie
1050 Bruxelles - BELGIUM
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