A European Night in Atlanta

Evening Reception with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht

On March 6, more than 70 guests and members from bilateral European Chambers in Atlanta welcomed the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht from Brussels. The evening was unique in that more than 13 European nations were represented; a profound demonstration of unity. The topic of the night was the transatlantic relationship and Commissioner De Gucht gave an update on the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Representatives and delegates of EU Chambers of Commerce and Consulates with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht (bottom row, third from left)

In a roundtable discussion Commissioner De Gucht and representatives of the European Chambers focused on potential challenges and opportunities for companies in the South. They agreed that they need to liaise closer to advocate for this integrated trade deal between the EU and the U.S.

During the networking reception, Stefanie Jehlitschka, Vice President of the GACC South, welcomed the guest of honor EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht as well as other distinguished guests. Mrs. Jehlitschka gave an overview of TTIP and its importance for the region. She stated, “TTIP has been an ongoing topic for our companies located in the South, especially for the automotive and manufacturing industries.“


Stefanie Jehlitschka, GACC South Vice President with EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Greek Consul Vassilios Gouloussis.

As Greece currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Greek Consul Vassilios Gouloussis welcomed the Commissioner on behalf of the European diplomatic corps in Atlanta.

Following these remarks, Commissioner De Gucht thanked all chambers and consulates for their support of his visit. He emphasized that the dissemination of facts and raising awareness of the benefits of TTIP among companies in Georgia and throughout South were important.

The reception was a highlight for the European community in Atlanta and the GACC South and other hosting European Chambers have received overwhelming positive feedback.

The topic will also be analyzed by experts during a TTIP panel at the GACC South Annual German Mittelstand – Southern SME Forum in Greenville, on April 7.

Visit the Photo Gallery of the event. 


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