December Greeting

My warm greetings to all the members and friends of the American-Danish Business Council

The holidays are approaching and so is the end of another productive year in the ADBC. I look back at our ADBC achievements and events this year with satisfaction and look forward to the year ahead anticipating even more progress towards our goal of making the ADBC the preferred network regarding trade and investment between the US and Denmark.

This newsletter marks the launch of a new format, which allows easier and more accessible reading. It also means that news from the ADBC will be uploaded on our website frequently. I encourage you to stay updated.

We have just held another successful celebration of Creative Christmas at the Embassy. This year the focus was on Denmark’s expertise in water and, on this occasion, the Ambassador’s residence was decorated by graduate students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design to showcase Denmark’s competencies within water.

We are already planning several events for our members in 2014. Our focus will for next year be life Science, Health IT, Defense, Energy & Environment, and Maritime, and it is our intention to have more activities for each working group. The negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S and EU will continue to be a focus area. We are monitoring the process closely and look forward to keeping our ADBC members informed in order to help you be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities the agreement may bring.

Visits by Danish politicians have already been planned for 2014, with the first visit by the Minister of Trade and European Affairs in February. Focus of the visit will be commercial ties between Denmark and the US. We look forward to including members in meetings and other related events with these leaders.

As always, we welcome any input you may have regarding issues and events that would be of interest to you and your business.

On behalf of all of us at the Embassy and the American- Danish Business Council, I want to wish you all happy holidays and a very prosperous New Year.

Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen