American European Business Association

Origins and Aims

The late Sir David Nicholson, MEP, founded the American European Business Association (AEBA) in London and New York in 1980 in consultation with Roy Jenkins, then President of the European Commission.

AEBA is a dynamic forum that promotes and facilitates lively and informed debate on key business, economic and political topics. The association's chief goals are to improve and increase understanding and cooperation between Europe and North America, and to advance opportunities in the globalised world.

AEBA does this by bringing together senior international business, political, government, diplomatic, academic and civil representatives to engage in productive dialogue by sharing and exchanging views openly and frankly in an atmosphere of trust. Thus adding valued input to decision taking.

At the heart of AEBA's activities are its acclaimed round-table debates between senior international business and political players, and academics. A major factor in the success of these debates is the diversity of the participants’ backgrounds, and their shared interest in many of the issues under the spotlight. Limiting the number of participants to 30 at each round-table meeting guarantees added value for all concerned, resulting in dialogue of greater intensity and depth, yielding more tangible results. Meetings are governed by the Chatham House (off-the-record) Rule.*

The AEBA network is extensive, international and interactive. The creation of ties and friendships is central to the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship. Strategic alliances and relationships have been established between AEBA and other international associations on both sides of the Atlantic.

AEBA is a non-profit making, non-partisan association.

*"When a meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed".

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