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will continue to support companies
in the United States with skills
based education.
The chairmen of BDI and DIHK also
provided the keynote speeches at the
Conference “Different Paths to a
Shared Goal: Fostering Transatlantic
Trade andManufacturing in the
21st Century,” organized by the
Representative of German Industry
and Trade (RGIT) at the U.S. Capitol.
The speeches were followed by two
discussion panels on trade and
energy, respectively.
The first panel focused on transatlan-
tic trade and TTIP. On the heels of the
recent fourth round of TTIPnegotia-
tions, the speakers discussed the
implications of the negotiations and
underlined the importance of such an
agreement for small andmedium
enterprises. The second panel dis-
cussedwhether renewables or shale
gaswill power the transatlantic
economy. All speakers agreed that in
an increasingly globalized and ever
more technology-based economy, the
need for abundant, cost-effective, and
available-on-demand energy produc-
tionmust be balancedwith concerns
for the environment and costs to the
consumer. However, it is still unclear
whether government and industry
possess the necessary foresight to
plan for a new energy future.
The visit of UlrichGrillo and Dr. Eric
Schweitzer was an important step in
underlining the importance of a
transatlantic business relationship.
It is also a strong signal for the next
rounds of negotiations for a trade
and investment agreement.
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Dr. EricSchweitzer speakingat theRGIT
Conference in theU.S. Capitol
Breakfast at theU.S. CongresswithCongressmenCharlesDent (fourth from left),
GeneGreenand TimMurphy (not pictured)
UlrichGrilloat thepress conference in
theRGIToffice
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