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European Official Talks Climate, Trade And Security In UHD Address

The deputy head of the European Union delegation came to Houston Tuesday.

Francois Rivasseau
Deputy head of the European Union delegation Francois Rivasseau

The countries that form the European Union are the biggest economy in the world.

At a breakfast meeting at the University of Houston Downtown, Francois Rivasseau said the challenges of the Union are no different than that of the United States. He says the governments are working together to address them.

“You will see that between Europe and the U.S. we have achieved, particularly since now 8 years, with two last years of the Bush Administration and six years of the Obama Administration, an unprecedented level of cooperation between Europe and the United States,” said Rivasseau.

Another issue common to the European Union and the United States is immigration. Rivasseau says about one million people from other countries hope to enter Europe to make a better life.

University of Houston Downtown president Bill Flores explained why Rivasseau was invited to speak at the campus.

“As a university we want to have our doors open, but also give the opportunity for our students to learn about other countries and what they’re going through,” said Flores.

The deputy’s next stop is Louisiana.

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