high level dialogue for a globalised world

Message from Chairman

Welcome to the website of AECA (The American European Community Association). Since its foundation more than thirty years ago, AECA is firmly established at the heart of Europe as an independent, non-partisan association that provides an exclusive, high-level forum for the lively debate and discussion of economic, financial, business and policy issues. AECA’s members, who are leading figures within the international business, political, institutional, diplomatic and academic communities, fully support AECA’s mission to promote international understanding and cooperation through continuous dialogue on the most important issues that face society in a challenging globalised world. The distinguished members of AECA’s Board of Directors and International Advisory Council share our vision, and support us in our important work to keep a spotlight on the key global challenges across a range of issues such as business, finance, environment and, increasingly, security. High quality has always been the hallmark of AECA’s program of Round-Table debates, as evidenced by the very highest-level speakers that our forum attracts. We remain committed to providing unique opportunities to engage in meaningful debate that contributes to real outcomes for a better world. Please enjoy exploring further through the AECA website. I look forward to welcoming you soon to one of our future meetings.

John Largent, Chairman


AECA is dedicated to promoting and facilitating dialogue and cooperation within Europe, and between North America and Europe, by providing a dynamic forum and an international network for interaction between leaders from the business and official communities, and by initiating lively and informed debate on key political, economic and social issues. AECA encourages the advancement of opportunities in the global community. The AECA network is extensive, international and interactive. In recent years the association has continued to attract new members, who find that the quality debates on key issues with speakers who are leaders in their field, and the access to high-level networking opportunities, add real value for them and their companies/organisations. All activities are prepared and organised according to the high-quality standards which are a recognised feature of AECA.

Jean-Claude Juncker,  President of the European Commission “The relationship between the European Union and the United States provides political stability and economic progress. A continuous debate between the two partners, to safeguard this partnership, is of critical importance to the interest of our citizens and the global community. AECA provides a unique platform for such debate. I therefore welcome and strongly support the work of AECA.”

H.E. Anthony L. Gardner, Ambassador of the United States to the European Union “Both in my capacity as a U.S. official and having lived many years as a private American citizen in Europe, I know first-hand the important role AECA plays in advancing transatlantic relations. By bringing together Americans and Europeans from different backgrounds and fields of expertise, you build bridges between our continents and further understanding between the peoples of the United States and Europe.”