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European Ambassadors made historic visit to Maryland

Published Sunday December 08 2019

On Tuesday, 3 December 2019, Governor Larry Hogan hosted a delegation of European Union ambassadors and officials for talks on economic and security priorities. The delegation was led by the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, Stavros Lambrinidis. Luxembourg's Ambassador Gaston Stronck was delighted to participate  in the joint trip to Annapolis and Baltimore.

The governor and First Lady Yumi Hogan welcomed the delegation to Government House, where topics of discussion included education, climate change, public health, and the EU’s role as the state’s number one trading partner. The EU is in fact Maryland’s biggest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and over 100,000 jobs in Maryland are created due to trade and investment with the European Union member states. As chairman of the National Governors Association, Governor Hogan also discussed his national initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success, and opportunities for stronger economic partnerships with EU nations.

The Ambassadors also had speaking engagements at universities and other sites in parallel in Annapolis and Baltimore, followed by a guided tour and flag raising at Fort McHenry. Ambassador Strock was particularly delighted by the discussions he and his fellow colleagues from Lithuania and Poland had with students of Maryland's Loyola University.