One important focus of the Foundation's work is on transatlantic relations. Learning from one another, and working together to analyze and solve problems - these, and more besides, are the key goals of these conferences staged in cooperation with American partners.
Following conferences on German and American fiscal law (1985 in Heidelberg), on German and American corporate law (1995 in Heidelberg) and two German-American conferences on constitutional questions (1989 in Washington, D.C., and 1999 in Warrenton, VA), marking the 40th and 50th anniversaries respectively of Germany's basic law, the Draeger Foundation in 2003 launched a joint conference series entitled "The Transatlantic Market Conference" with the DIN Group in Berlin and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
This series of conferences deals with aspects of growth and security in the transatlantic relations. The first two conferences, held in 2003 and 2006, were primarily concerned with questions of standardization and regulation, and with the removal of mutual barriers to market access. The agenda of the third conference included questions of energy security, the safe transportation of energy and the intensified cooperation between Europe and the USA in the field of energy and climate policy. The transatlantic cooperation during the global economic and financial crisis was the topic of the fourth conference in July 2009. The current and fifth conference, taking place in Washington, D.C., in October 2011, will focus on IT security, intellectual property rights, and cyber security. Conferences at a glance
A further conference on constitutional questions took place in Washington, D.C., in April 2010. "Freedom and Security in Constitutional Democracies: A Transatlantic Dialogue" was organized in cooperation with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Institute for Political Science of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and the Law School of Georgetown University. More information can be found at Conferences 2010