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About Brussels Forum
Brussels Forum is an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. Participants include heads of state, senior officials from the European Union institutions and the member states, U.S. Cabinet officials, Congressional representatives, Parliamentarians, academics, and media.
Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic continue to deepen transatlantic cooperation on a vast array of distinctly new and global challenges from the international financial crisis to climate change and energy security to the retention of high-skilled workers, yet there is no single transatlantic forum focused on this broad and increasingly complex global agenda. Brussels Forum provides a venue for the transatlantic community to address these pressing issues. By bringing together leading politicians, thinkers, journalists, and business representatives, Brussels Forum helps shape a new transatlantic agenda that can adapt to changing global realities and new threats.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) takes a distinctive approach to ensure a frank and intensive intellectual exchange among all participants through careful selection of skilled moderators and three different formats of debate. The variety of formats allows for a vast range of topics to be discussed, each in its optimal setting.
The formal, on-the-record, plenary sessions include all Forum attendees and can leverage the Forum’s media participation to raise the visibility of comments to the wider public. The plenary sessions are designed to increase interactivity through moderator-led audience-panelist engagement and a ‘theatre in the round’ set-up. In a complementary way, the dinner, breakfast, and night owl formats enable Forum attendees to customize their intellectual experience and dive deeper into more intimate, off-the-record conversations with experts and colleagues
Nightowl & Breakfast Sessions
Audience: 40-80 people,
Audience: 200-250 people,
Audience: 15-20 people,
The Brussels Forum agenda reflects the growing diversity of issues at the core of the transatlantic relationship, as well as the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation. It includes discussion sessions on broad themes, such as the global financial crisis, Russia, and Afghanistan. Breakout sessions held under the Chatham House Rule explore challenges like Asia, the Middle East, and climate change. Keynote addresses by senior officials punctuate a gathering heavily tilted toward intimate exchange of dialogue among panelists and participants.
The Brussels Forum is held in the Steigenberger Grand Hotel situated on Avenue Louise in Brussels.