The Norman Transcript

University

January 15, 2014

European Union ambassador to U.S. speaks at university

NORMAN — Joao Vale de Almeida spoke Tuesday to University of Oklahoma students and the general public about “Transitions in Europe and America: The Future of EU-US Relations.”

The event was sponsored by the European Union Center, with support from the College of International Studies and Department of International and Area Studies.

Almeida is the head of the delegation of the European Union to the U.S. Prior to his appointment in Washington as the European Union’s ambassador, Almeida served as the director general for external relations at the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body.

As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative and Vice President Baroness Ashton, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and prepare for the new European External Action Service, which was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

From 2004 to 2009, Almeida was the head of the cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He accompanied Barroso in the European Council (EU Summit) meetings and coordinated with private offices of heads of state and governments in all 28 EU member states.

Almeida began his presentation by explaining what major transitions he thought would take place in the upcoming year in the U.S. and the EU.

Such transitions will include a political transition in the U.S., as Barack Obama’s effectiveness as a president can begin to be measured while he’s in the middle of his second and last term, and an elections transition in the EU, as about 510 million people are called on to elect 700 new positions, including the president of the European Union Commission, the president of the European Union Council and a new representative of foreign affairs, Almeida said.

Almeida discussed the possibilities of the United States and European Union continuing to work together so they are ahead of these transitions.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
University
  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Digital storytelling workshop to help tornado victims

    Looking for ways to make use of the University of Oklahoma Writing Center’s services in the community, the center has developed the digital storytelling workshop “Survivors in Motion” to help last year’s tornadoes survivors....

    July 16, 2014

  • Free concert to feature Corey Smith

    Corey Smith, born and raised in Jefferson, Ga., will heat up the summer scene with a free concert at 8 p.m. on July 18 at the University of Oklahoma....

    July 11, 2014

  • OU showcases family treasures exhibit

    An exhibit consisting of 12 panels with the best practices on how to care for items — including textiles and recordings such as cassettes and family videos — is on display through July 10 in Beaird Lounge on the second floor of Oklahoma ...

    July 9, 2014

  • Sam Noble Museum awarded reaccreditation

    The American Alliance of Museums in Washington D.C. awarded the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History reaccreditation in 2014 for the fourth consecutive time. Accreditation offers a wide variety of benefits, including increased ...

    July 5, 2014

  • Emotional Brain set as July’s Neuro Night Forum topic

    Improving neurological health through education, research and access to care will be the topic of July’s Neuro Night forum at 6 p.m. July 15 at the Fountains at Canterbury, 1404 N.W. 122nd St. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m....

    July 2, 2014

  • Foundation makes $500,000 gift in support of OU libraries

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced at the OU Board of Regents meeting that The Helmerich Foundation of Tulsa will make a $500,000 gift in support of the renovation of a floor in the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial ...

    June 25, 2014

  • OU plans to construct new residential college housing

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that planning is underway for new residential colleges for upperclassmen and women....

    June 24, 2014

  • Design phase underway at OU for $12 million shelters

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that MA Plus, which was selected to design OU tornado shelters, is nearing completion of planning for $12 million tornado shelters at OU. The project is an expansion of ...

    June 24, 2014

  • OU law students support classmate with fundraiser

    Inspired by one of their classmates who is battling breast cancer for the third time, first year summer law students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law committed to public service by raising money for the Stephenson Cancer ...

    June 24, 2014