Thursday, November 13th


  • 9AM to 11AM: Peace through Trade - “Peace through Trade: Doing Business with the 28 Nation European Union (EU) Delegations” and the status of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

  • Location - Umpqua Bank Building; Suite 1900; One SW Columbia Street, Portland, Oregon 

  • Sponsors - Business Oregon & Wholistic Peace Institute; Concordia University – Business School; 

  • Cost – No Charge; RSVP Required – Please Email or call Gary Cell – 503-314-5955


  • Discussion Issues - The 28 Nation European Union has a huge impact on the U S Economy:

    • 27 out of 50 US States had record breaking trade flows with the EU in 2012

    • The transatlantic economy employs 15 million on both sides of the Atlantic

    • European investment in the US was $1.8 trillion in 2011

    • 70% of total foreign investment in the US comes from Europe

    • US affiliate income earned in Europe was $214 billion in 2012

    • In 2012 the EU purchase goods worth $1.8 billion (11%) from Oregon

    • In 2012 the EU purchased services worth $2.9 billion (36%) from Oregon 


Mr. Klaus Botzet of the EU Delegation to the US, Head of the Political Security & Development (PSD) Section will give a power point presentation and answer questions. 

This section follows all aspects of the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA) and maintains close contacts with the US Administration and Congress on foreign, security, and development policy, counterterrorism, justice and home affairs and other issues including human rights. Further, this section serves as liaison between the EU and the international financial institutions based in Washington, DC, (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank) for issues related to the development agenda, as well as the US aid agencies, e.g., US Agency for International Development (USAID). PSD closely monitors the work of Congress and the US Administration, generally follows political developments in the US, and maintains regular contacts with a broad range of Washington-based non-governmental organizations, think tanks and civil society in general. PSD coordinates EU’s role as permanent observer to the Organization of American States.

ALSO LUNCHEON WITH KLAUS BOTZET– 11:30AM TO 1PM; $40; Family Style Meal at the Mandarin Cove (across street) 111 SW Columbia St, Portland, OR 97201; please RSVP for lunch separately to Please Email or call Gary Cell – 503-314-5955


Please Contact – Gary Alan Spanovich; Wholistic Peace Institute; Independent Center at Concordia 

University; 2811 NE Holman Street; Portland, Oregon; 97211; 503-314-5955

Biography: Klaus Botzet


Head of the Political Section


Delegation of the European Union to the United States


Klaus Botzet joined the EU Delegation to the United States in March 2014 as Head of the Political Section. An experienced diplomat, he has served for more than two decades in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. 


Most recently (2011-2014), Mr. Botzet was at the Foreign Office headquarters in Berlin, as Director/Head of Division of the U.S. and Canada office. He was responsible for monitoring and advising on German and EU relations with the United States and Canada. This included responsibility for all foreign policy aspects of EU-U.S. relations, particularly the Common Foreign and Security Policy cooperation with the U.S. on Syria, Iran, and the Middle East, as well as the foreign policy aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


From 2009 to mid-2011, Mr. Botzet was Legal Adviser and Consul General at the German Embassy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for all legal matters and affairs in bilateral and EU-U.S. relations.


Selected as a Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow, Mr. Botzet was a senior exchange diplomat at the U.S. Department of State from 2008 to 2009, where he worked in the Bureau of International Organizations.  He received a Distinguished Achievement Award for his work.


From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Botzet was with the Foreign Office in Berlin as Director/Head of Division for Visa Law (2003-2008), where his office managed thousands of administrative visa cases annually throughout all stages of the judicial process.


Mr. Botzet’s previous postings include: the German Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva (1999-2003); The Chancellor’s Office in Bonn (1996-1999); the EU Department at the Foreign Office in Bonn (1995-1996); the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Bogota, Colombia (1993-1995); and the Economic and European Department of the Foreign Office in Bonn (1992-1993).


A native of Krefeld/ Duesseldorf in Germany, Mr. Botzet earned degrees in law (two State examens) in Bavaria, following law studies at the Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, the University of Geneva, the University of Strasbourg, and the University of Bonn. 


He is married to Jessica Rosen.  They have four children.

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