Jürgen Hardt, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, will travel to the west coast of North America for talks from 1 to 5 August. Before his departure for Seattle and Vancouver, Hardt issued the following statement:
I feel it is important to conduct transatlantic dialogue also in those places that are geographically further away from Europe. I am therefore delighted to have the chance to meet parliamentary colleagues on the west coast of the United States and Canada for talks and to engage in discussion with interested citizens.
Seattle is a dynamic economic growth hub with great potential for developing transatlantic relations further – particularly in the area of business. During meetings with colleagues from the parliament I will also have the opportunity to sense the political mood with regard to the current US election campaign in the immediate wake of the two presidential nominating conventions.
Western Canada, too, is characterised by great economic momentum and growth. In order to be able to fully exploit the potential for growth and employment on both sides of the Atlantic, I am working intensively for the CETA trade agreement to be signed soon.
In the past, Vancouver has also had considerable experience with taking in and integrating migrants. It would be worth our while for us to learn from these experiences. Moreover, Vancouver and Victoria are important science locations, and we need to continue to make the most of the potential they offer for German-Canadian relations. This is another topic I intend to discuss with members of the Government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia.