President Aznar with Ambassador Stuart Holliday. Photo by Kaveh Sardari.
On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, Meridian cohosted a lunch discussion along with partners, The Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES), The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the topic of The US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Honorable José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain and President of the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES) shared keynote remarks to coincide with the release of the new FAES book, TAFTA: The Case for an Open Transatlantic Free Trade Area. Following President Aznar’s remarks, Mr. James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs with AT&T Services, Inc., shared his perspectives with the high-level audience, comprised of members of the private sector, government, and diplomatic communities.
Following a brief intermission for lunch and networking, Meridian’s President and CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, welcomed a distinguished group of trade experts for a discussion moderated by Joshua B. Bolten, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC and Former White House Chief of Staff and Budget Director. Panelists included The Honorable Jaime Garcia-Legaz Ponce, Secretary of State for Commerce of Spain, Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and The Honorable Cliff Stearns, Senior Advisor, APCO Worldwide, who each made the case for an open transatlantic free trade area between Europe and America. This event was made possible with the generous support of AT&T.