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Danish Prime Minister attends TTIP panel discussion at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

During Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s visit to Washington D.C. on March 30th he attended an open panel discussion regarding TTIP at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been a hot topic recently and has received a lot of debate.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen joined the panel discussion to indicate his support of the partnership and to present a Danish view of the potential outcomes of a partnership agreement.

The panel discussion was moderated by the Chamber’s Executive Vice President, Myron Brilliant, and the other featured speakers included U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney, Secretary-General of the Confederation of Danish Industry, Karsten Dybvad and Senior Vice President of UPS, Leslie Griffin.

Read more about it here: http://amcham.dk/index.html?pid=28871&nid=94850

USA-DENMARK MARITIME EXPORT PROMOTION

The Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C., Danish Naval Team and Defence and Security Industries Association (FAD) have the pleasure to invite you to an export promotion tour in the USA, April 10 to 15 2016. The tour is an opportunity to visit and meet several big and medium sized American companies, some with an offset obligation in Denmark others without. A part of the program is an event at The Royal Danish Embassy at which a number of US companies will participate. The tour stretches from Detroit, Washington D.C & Philadelphia to New York City.

For a full program and guide to the tour view the Brochure Below

U.S Denmark Defense Industry Seminar Brochure

 

FOR  REGISTRATION PLEASE CONTACT:
MORTEN ANDERSEN, DANISH DEFENCE and SECURITY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Cell: +45 21 28 82 84
Email: moan@di.dk

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE TOUR PLEASE CONTACT:
PER LYSE RASMUSSSEN / PELYRA@UM.DK
LIEUTENANT COLONEL / ASSISTANT DEFENSE, MILITARY, NAVAL, AND AIR ATTACHÉ / DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION / DEFENSE SECTION
DIRECT +1 (202) 797-5336 / FAX +1 (202) 328-1470

2015 District Sustainability Awards

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Director, Tommy Wells presented the 2015 District Sustainability Awards to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainability at the award ceremony hosted by the Royal Danish Embassy. The honorees support the goals of the District’s sustainability plan, Sustainable DC, in areas such as energy and water conservation, pollution prevention or reduction, stormwater management practices, green building construction and operation, innovative technology, and sustainable waste management.

“With the historic climate agreement signed in Paris over the weekend, it’s clear that bold action is needed to lower our greenhouse gas emissions nationally. It’s also clear that leadership from local governments and the private sector will be critical to our success,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “This year’s District of Columbia Sustainability Award winners are perfect examples of how private sector partners are working with local government to test innovative new concepts and integrate sustainability into everyday operations. They are true leaders in making the District a healthier, greener, more livable city.”

Five awards were given out:

  1. District Sustainability Award went to: College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES), UDC
  2. District Sustainability Award was given to: Mess Hall
  3. District Sustainability Award was given to: Optoro
  4. District ENERGY STAR™ Award was given to: Generali Real Estate and Cushman & Wakefield

The Danish embassy was presented with the District’s International Partner in Sustainability Award. Over 100 guests attended the ceremony, which has been held annually since 2009.

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Tommy Wells speaking at the 2015 Sustainability awards

SMUK

December 14th was yet another eventful evening at the Embassy – a 3-in-1 event was held combining the ADBC Annual Meeting, the DC Sustainability Awards and a live performance by the 16 piece military brass band, SMUK.

SMUK is an abbreviation and wordplay for ‘et Slesvigske Musikkorps’. It was founded in the South of Jutland in the beginning of the 20th century. The word ‘smuk’ means beautiful in Danish. The band, although a military marching band, also plays modern tunes and several Big Band songs with famous artists all over the world.

The orchestra was invited to Washington DC to play alongside the ‘Presidents Own Band’ in the Marine Barracks close to the Jefferson Memorial. Before playing at the Embassy, SMUK discounted the effects of jetlag and only wanted to make the ‘SMUK’ experience as festive as possible. Despite a tight schedule, their enthusiasm for playing made the Embassy event extremely festive and enjoyable.

Starting off, both the Danish and American national anthem were played, followed by joyful and well known Christmas tunes, including American and traditional Danish songs.

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The SMUK band playing in the residence of the Ambassador

The performance rounded up the row of events at the Embassy and nicely capped off a round of seasonal events leading up to Christmas.

 

 

Nordic Day 2015

October 21st the 5 Nordic Embassies in Washington D.C. – Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark – hosted the first-ever Nordic Day.

 The overall topic of Nordic Day was: How cities and businesses can be part of the solution to climate change?

 Furthermore, the purpose was to learn and exchange experiences about Nordic solutions, share best practices, and discuss common goals and challenges in light of the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris. The Swedish Embassy opened the event with the theme ‘Business solutions to climate change’ forum, where visionary Nordic companies spoke about sustainable ways of working and displaying innovations to combat climate change, among them Chris Bender of Novozymes.

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Far left, Chris Bender of Novozymes at House of Sweden on Nordic Day

The Finnish Embassy held round tables and sessions with companies and representatives from the Nordic countries on the subject ‘Cities and Municipalities Tackling Climate Change’. Five green Nordic cities and municipalities presented their ongoing initiatives and discussed how they are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Following the event all embassies partook in a Twitter session roundtable, where the ambassadors of each country sat ready to answer questions on sustainability and climate, including the Danish Ambassador Lars Lose – see the questions and answers here: #NordicDayUsa

The day concluded with a networking reception at the Embassy of Norway, perfectly summing up the first Nordic Day as a great success and one that is to be continued for many years to come.

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Discussion at the Norwegian embassy on Nordic Day

Reestablishing the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus

Establishing the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus

The Embassy of Denmark and the American-Danish Business Council have been working on re-establishing the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus. We have put a great deal of effort into this effort, not least from the newly arrived Ambassador Lars Gert Lose, who has attended several important meetings with Members of Congress from various states.

Many US subsidiaries of Danish companies situated in various Congressional districts are reaching out to the Congressional Members in the districts in which they are situated. This outreach will undoubtedly further the business interests and concerns on a more local, and effective level. The Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus will also be a way for even more Danish businesses to explore the possibilities of establishing themselves in the different districts in the US. The overall purpose of the Caucus will be to voice and advance issues affecting Danish company interests and challenges in the US.

If you are interested in the CFD please do not hesitate to contact: Morten Cass Skrojer at morskr@um.dk

Nordic Day – Combatting Climate Change

 

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Invitation

Nordic Day – Combatting Climate Change

October 21, 2015

How can cities and businesses be part of the solution to climate change? The five Nordic embassies in Washington, D.C. – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – invite you to share fresh thoughts and innovative ideas with us at the first-ever Nordic Day!

We welcome you to learn about Nordic solutions, share best practices, and discuss common goals and challenges in light of the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris.

The all-day Nordic Day program begins at the Embassy of Sweden with the “Business Solutions to Climate Change” event. Visionary Nordic companies will speak about sustainable ways of working and display innovations to combat climate change.

The afternoon session, “Cities Tackling Climate Change,” will be held at the Embassy of Finland. Five green Nordic cities and municipalities will present their ongoing initiatives and discuss how they’re leading the way to a more sustainable future.

The day will conclude with a networking reception at the Embassy of Norway.

 

Program

Business Solutions to Climate Change

House of Sweden 8:30 – 11:15 a.m.

2900 K Street N.W.

Cities and Municipalities Tackling Climate Change

Embassy of Finland 2:30 – 5 p.m.

3301 Massachusetts Ave N.W.

Evening reception

Embassy of Norway 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

2720 34th St N.W.

 

Not able to attend? Join the five Nordic Ambassadors for a Twitter Q&A from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and participate in the conversation online. Check out hashtag #NordicDayUSA for information about this part of Nordic Day 2015.

 

More information: http://usa.um.dk/en/denmark-in-us/culture/nordic-day-2015/

Lars Gert Lose announced as the new Danish Ambassador to the United States

After reshuffling three positions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Denmark has now appointed the new Ambassador to the United States. On March 24th 2015 it was announced that the Danish Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Lars Gert Lose, is replacing Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen, who is being transferred to New Delhi, India.

In October last year the Danish Foreign Ministry appointed Denmark’s ambassador to the EU, Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, as the replacement for Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen, who has been Denmark’s ambassador to the U.S. since September 2010. However, when Tranholm-Mikkelsen accepted the position as the next secretary-general of the EU Council of Ministers on March 19th, the Foreign Ministry had to look for a new suitable candidate. The Foreign Ministry decided to rearrange three positions and, besides the U.S., two new ambassadors were appointed in Ghana and Croatia. Head of Department for Technical Advisory Services (TAS) to the MFA, Tove Degnbol, will be the new ambassador to Ghana and Anders Christian Hougaard, now the ambassador to Iran, will take over the position as ambassador to Croatia. The redeployments are expected to come into action on August 15th 2015 (July 1st for Ghana).

Lars Gert Lose has a long carrier within the Danish Foreign Ministry. He started his carrier in 1997 by becoming Head of the EU Coordination Office. Since then, he has possessed a range of high-level positions within the MFA: such as Private Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller (2004-2008); Head of the Foreign Minister’s Office (2008-2011) and, most recently, as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, where he served as Chief Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Lars Gert Lose is 45 years old and has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.

 

The unveiling of Gugger Petter’s portrait of President Clinton

On June 18th 2015, the Embassy of Denmark had the honor of welcoming the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, to a reception and unveiling of the portrait “President Bill Clinton” by the famous Danish artist, Gugger Petter. Below you will find selected pictures from the reception:

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Honorary Consul Meeting in Washington DC, June 4-5th 2015

On June 4-5th 2015, the honorary consuls of Denmark in the United States gathered for their bi-annual meeting at the Embassy in Washington DC.

The two-day meeting was arranged as an opportunity for the consuls located all over the U.S. to come together for updates from the consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as to receive new information from Danish foreign policy to trade and cultural initiatives. The gathering was also a chance for the consuls to meet, share ideas and strengthen their network with each other.

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Trade and Investment

As part of the new instructions for the Honorary Consuls from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the group was briefed on the new guidelines for dealing with trade and investment issues.

The current role of Honorary Consulates in the Embassies’ export and investment promotion activities varies considerably depending on the commercial experience and network of the Consulate and the Embassy. In the light of the Danish Government’s strategic focus on economic diplomacy and in particular public affairs (promoting Danish business interests vis-à-vis public or private decision-makers), it will become increasingly important to mirror this core Danish interest in the possible activities of the Honorary Consulates.

The point of departure is that all commercial enquiries should be directed to the Embassy. However, on a small scale, Honorary Consulates could be involved in commercial activities such as setting up meetings with local authorities and enterprises and answering simple market inquiries from Danish businesses. On these occasions, the Honorary Consul can provide valuable assistance by drawing on his/her network and local knowledge.

Furthermore, on a larger scale and a voluntary case-by-case basis, Honorary Consulates could be engaged by the Embassy to undertake commercial activities that go beyond such small-scale advice and contact making. In these cases, the Consulates would work as “sub-suppliers” to the Embassies, which remain the primary point of contact for the companies and have the overall responsibility for the assignment.

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To cap off the consul meeting on Friday, June 5, Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen hosted a reception for the honorary consuls, their spouses, and all the embassy staff. This was an opportunity for the embassy staff to get to know the honorary consuls better and also an opportunity to thank the consuls personally for all that they do for Denmark in the U.S. on a daily basis.

The Embassy of Denmark sincerely thanks all of the consuls for coming to participate and for volunteering their time to serve Denmark’s interests.

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