Designation of Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz as Acting Representative of the United States to the EU

May 4, 2020 Press release Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State I am pleased to announce the President has designated Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz as Acting Representative of the United States to the European Union.  In his capacity as Acting Representative, Ambassador Gidwitz will advance a strong U.S.-EU partnership, especially in achieving a speedy recovery …

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U.S. Embassy encourages Belgian businesses to attend the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit

February 4, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium is now recruiting Belgian companies to join a business delegation led by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz to the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 1-3, in Washington, D.C. The SelectUSA Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and connects qualified …

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Remarks at Wereth Massacre Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at Wereth Massacre Memorial Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 Seventy-five years ago today, where we now stand, 11 African-American soldiers were murdered during the earliest days of the Battle of the Bulge. Cut off behind enemy lines after a barrage of heavy fire from the Germans, these 11 soldiers struck out, hoping …

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Remarks at Malmedy Massacre Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at Malmedy Massacre Memorial Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 As grim as war can be, some moments are more searing – and more disheartening – than others. Today we’ve come together – here – to remember such a day. That day unfolded 75 years ago, right where we stand, and in the …

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Remarks at the US Embassy reception to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the U.S. Embassy reception to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 Mayor Lutgen, Speaker Pelosi and delegation members, Secretary Matz, Senator Boozman and delegation members, dear veterans, Belgian friends, and American colleagues – allow me to welcome you to the U.S. Embassy reception …

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Remarks at City of Bastogne Reception

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at City of Bastogne Reception Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Mayor Lutgen, Prime Minister Wilmès, Madame Speaker, Senator Boozman, Congressional delegation members, citizens of Bastogne, dear Belgian friends, and American colleagues – I’m very happy to be with you all tonight as a guest of the Mayor of the City of Bastogne. I …

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Remarks at Battle of the Bulge Veterans Lunch

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the Battle of the Bulge Veterans Lunch Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 I’m so pleased to be here today to welcome all of you to the inaugural event of our multi-day commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. And also, to celebrate the completion of the first phase …

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Remarks at Grave of Volunteer Nurse Augusta Chiwy

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the Grave of Volunteer Nurse Augusta Chiwy Bastogne, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Friends and guests, please allow me to express my thanks to you for the honor of speaking at Augusta Chiwy’s grave here today. Those who learn her story come to view Augusta as equal parts hero and inspiration. She …

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Phase One of the Mardasson Memorial renovation completed thanks to American private donors

December 04 – The first phase of  the restoration of the Mardasson Memorial is complete, just in time for the key ceremonies set to take place in Bastogne for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The U.S. Embassy announced the launch of the renovation project on October 1, which included extensive cleaning …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Restoration of Bastogne’s Mardasson Memorial

October 1, 2019 – To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the sacrifices of American armed forces during World War II, and the generosity of the Belgian people, the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium announced the launch of a project to restore the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium. U.S. …

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Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks in Monceau-Imbrechies

Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belgium Monceau-Imbrechies Monday, September 2, 2019   Mr. Mayor, members of the city council, veterans, service members, dear friends – It’s truly an honor to be here today to commemorate the liberation of Belgium 75 years ago and to remember all those who fought and died …

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Ambassador Gidwitz remarks at 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Mons

Ambassador Gidwitz’s remarks 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Mons in the Second World War Sunday, September 1, 2019 Chers Montois et Chères Montoises, c’est un grand honneur d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui. I’d like to thank Mayor Martin, the City of Mons, the War Heritage Institute, our friends from SHAPE, and all the museum staff …

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Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at AmCham Belgium Gala

Ambassador Gidwitz Keynote Remarks AmCham Belgium Gala, June 13, 2019   AmCham President Howard Liebman; Chief Executive Marcel Claes; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Good evening. Thank you, Howard, for the kind introduction, and for the opportunity to be with all of you tonight. Since my arrival in Brussels nearly one year ago, it’s been …

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Memorial Day Speech at Flanders Field American Cemetery

Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz Memorial Day Flanders Field American Cemetery May 26, 2019 Thank you for your introduction, Mr. Sheridan. I’m honored to be with all of you today for my first Memorial Day as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. I’ve been privileged to serve my country as Ambassador for close to a …

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Memorial Day Speech at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz Memorial Day Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery May 25, 2019 Thank you for the introduction, Mr. Sheridan. I’m honored to be with you today for my first Memorial Day as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. I’ve been privileged to serve my country as Ambassador for close to a year now. …

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Memorial Day Speech at Ardennes American Cemetery

Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz Memorial Day Ardennes American Cemetery May 25, 2019 Thank you for your kind introduction, Mr. Sheridan. I’m honored to be with all of you today for my first Memorial Day as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. I’ve been privileged to serve my country as Ambassador for close to a …

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Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at University of Chicago Alumni in Belgium Dinner

University of Chicago Alumni in Belgium Economic Outlook Dinner March 27, 2019 H.E. Ronald J. Gidwitz, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Let me begin by thanking our host for the kind introduction, and for the opportunity to meet all of you tonight. I’ll join my fellow speakers with an …

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Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz at the Cercle de Lorraine

“Security and Prosperity in a New Era of Geopolitical Competition.” Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz at the Cercle de Lorraine January 24, 2019 Distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good afternoon. Let me begin by thanking Cercle de Lorraine for the invitation and for the opportunity to speak to you today about the Trans-Atlantic partnership. I’ve …

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Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the American European Community Association Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz American European Community Association Wednesday, November 14, 2018 CEO Christophe de Callatay; Chairman Leonard Schrank; Foreign Minister Reynders; Ambassador Sondland; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good evening. Let me begin by thanking AECA for the invitation and for your important work in strengthening Trans-Atlantic understanding. While I’m a “new-ish” Ambassador …

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Ambassador Gidwitz and Couvin commemorate the liberation of Petite-Chapelle by African-American soldiers in 1918.

“It is with great pride that I have the honor to join all of you by this roadside in Petite-Chapelle today.  We are here to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the men of the 370th U.S. Infantry Regiment who, 100 years ago this year, were fighting alongside the French 10th Army, in part because …

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Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks at the 370th Infantry Regiment Commemoration Event

Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks  at the 370th Infantry Regiment Commemoration Event Petite-Chapelle, Couvin, Belgium October 4, 2018 Mayor Douniaux, members of the Cabinet of Couvin, ladies, gentlemen, students, honored guests. Since my arrival as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, I have attended a number of commemoration ceremonies to honor Americans who made the ultimate …

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Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz to the Federation of Belgian Enterprises

Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz to the Luncheon hosted by the Federation of Belgian Entreprises Monday, September 24, 2018, FEB Headquarters President Gilliot and CEO Timmermans; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon. It’s my honor and pleasure to join you today. I’ve been in Brussels for a little over two months now. We’re neighbors …

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Ambassador Gidwitz at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss”

Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz’s Remarks at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss” August 17, 2018 Montzen, Plombières, Belgium Mayor Wimmer, Marcel and Mathilde, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor to be with you here today. On my way to Plombieres, I visited the cemeteries of Ardennes and Henri-Chapelle to pay …

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