European Parliament Members Visit CalChamber

Astrid Ziebarth,  Miapetra KumPula-Natri, Dragoş Tudorache, Jennifer Barrera, Željana Zovko, Susanne Stirling, Carla Hustedt, Petar Vitanov, Brooke Tanner
Guests included, from left: Astrid Ziebarth, Managing Deputy Director of the Berlin Office for the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.; Miapetra KumPula-Natri, MEP of Finland; Dragoş Tudorache, MEP of Romania; Jennifer Barrera, President and CEO of CalChamber; Željana Zovko, MEP of Croatia; Gerrit Gerard de Graaf, Senior EU Envoy for Digital to the U.S.; Susanne Stirling, Vice President of International Affairs for CalChamber; Carla Hustedt, Director, Centre for Digital Society for the Mercator Foundation; Petar Vitanov, MEP of Bulgaria; and Brooke Tanner, Research Assistant for the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.

Five members of the European Parliament visited the California Chamber of Commerce on March 21 under the auspices of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonpartisan American public policy think tank that seeks to promote cooperation and understanding between North America and the European Union.

Topics of discussion for the luncheon meeting included artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, data governance and privacy, platform governance, and technology diplomacy.

The European Parliament (EP) is one of the legislative bodies of the EU and one of its seven institutions. It adopts European legislation, following a proposal by the European Commission. The Parliament is composed of 705 members (MEPs) from the 27 member countries, which have a combined population of 448 million.

Founded in 1972 through a gift from the West German government on the 25th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the GMF contributes research and analysis on transatlantic and global issues; convenes policy and business leaders at international conferences; provides exchange opportunities for emerging American and European leaders; and supports initiatives that can strengthen democracies. GMF focuses on policy, leadership, and civil society. GMF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Ankara, Belgrade, Bucharest, Paris and Warsaw.

Staff Contact: Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.