How to boost Trans-Atlantic Cooperation in the New Reality?
FREE WEBINAR  I 23. 3. 2021, 17.30 CET


In past crises, transatlantic cooperation has always managed to overcome the challenges and found practical solutions for the US and Europe. The Transatlantic Economy 2019 report from the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce underscores that the economic relationship between the US and Europe remains by far the largest on earth. The TTIP agreement has had its turbulent times, but, if completed, it will become the world’s largest trade agreement. It will be bigger than the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Over $3.75 billion in goods and services is traded across the Atlantic every single day.


  • How have we (Slovenia and the US) been cooperating in the last couple of years? What bridges have we built in a business sense? In which fields can we still improve?
  • How have diplomacies, both political and economic, been active in creating a better environment for trade between Slovenia and the US? Will the change of American administration have any effect on the situation?
  • What are the opportunities for Slovenian companies to enter the US market? What obstacles are preventing them? Are they of a bureaucratic nature? Political? Or maybe the size of Slovenia and hence the reputation? What should Slovenian companies be careful about when entering the US market? How do cultural differences affect our relations?
  • What potential does the US see in Slovenia in terms of business investments? What can we offer them that they (the US) don’t have?
  • Will the EU and the US in some industries work together to enter foreign markets, or will we compete against each other in every department? Should we put our heads together and understand what fields we can display our strengths in and so compete with Asia, India, China, etc.?

In this free webinar, we will discuss how Slovenia and the US can further develop our trade and how we can help our companies to enter either market. We will discuss investing potentials and objective obstacles for business in both regions.

Brief description of the webinar

In a moderated Q&A debate, Thomas J. Brandi from the Brandi Law Firm (United States) will host Susan K. Falatko, Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy in Slovenia  and HE Ambassador Tone Kajzer, Embassy of Slovenia in Washington. They will present new models of connecting and cooperating with methods and tools to develop ideas and grow businesses. We shall also learn in what fields should the US and Slovenia respectively display their strengths in order to compete with Asia and other markets. Susan K. Falatko and Tone Kajzer will in this free webinar also discuss the dangers for both American and Slovenian companies before entering the markets and learn the effect that cultural differences have in that regard.

More information about Susan K. Falatko and Tone Kajzer can be found in the guest panelists section. For more information about the moderator Thomas J. Brandi check out the moderator section.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn what business opportunities, both Slovenia and the US, offer to each other.
  • Learn what prevents Slovenia from further developing our partnership with the US, and vice versa, and discuss ways to improve the latter.
  • Discuss what fields Slovenian companies could compete in the US, and vice versa.
  • Discuss how Slovenia and the US can cooperate to be more competitive in the world.
  • Understand how politics and initiatives can further help improve our business relations and what can we do already by ourselves.

Experts and guests

Chargé d’Affaires Susan K. Falatko, U.S. Embassy in Slovenia:

Susan Falatko joined the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana as Chargé d’Affaires in June 2019. She served as the Director of the Office of South Central European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2017 to 2019, focusing on the Western Balkans. Prior to that, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Mauritius and Seychelles from 2013 to 2016.

An Economic Officer in the Foreign Service since 1999, she has served in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006-2009); Havana, Cuba (2001-2003); and Bamako, Mali (1999-2001). From 2003 to 2005, she worked on economic, counter-terrorism, and Western Balkans issues on the OSCE desk in the European Bureau’s Office for Regional Political-Military Affairs (EUR/RPM).

Ms. Falatko has also been posted to Kigali, Rwanda, as the Public Affairs Officer and to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva as the U.S. liaison to the UN Specialized Agencies.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Falatko received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Iowa (1990), an M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University (1997), and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University (2017).  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she taught English in Tokyo, Bangkok, Prague, and Washington, DC.  She is proficient in French and Spanish.

HE Ambassador Tone Kajzer, Embassy of Slovenia in Washington:

He embarked on his diplomatic career by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the beginning of 1995. Between 1996 and 2000, he was posted to the Slovenian Embassy in Egypt. After his return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as Deputy National Coordinator for Development Cooperation and Head of Department until 2007. As Head of Department for Croatia, he actively participated in resolving outstanding issues between the two countries.

In 2008, he was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Finland and to the Republic of Estonia, where he devoted most time and energy to enhancing relations and partnership between the two countries and Slovenia, focusing particular attention to concrete assistance to the Slovenian economy. He and his spouse Milena established close ties with Slovenians in Finland and were also the initiators of the Association of the Parents of Slovenian Children.

Following his return from Finland in 2012, he was appointed State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, engaging mostly with foreign policy and foreign economic issues.

During the years 2013-2018 he served as Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Kingdom of Denmark. In addition, he non-residentially covered the entire Nordic region (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), including Estonia and Lithuania until the beginning of 2016. He dedicated all his efforts to enhancing relations, particularly economic cooperation with Nordic countries. At his initiative, the network of active honorary consuls was substantially widened and enhanced.

Ambassador Kajzer authored several contributions on international relations. He likes good books and all sports, especially running and golf. He is married and has two daughters.


Thomas J. Brandi, Brandi Law Firm, United States
President of ASEF and Honorary Consul for Slovenia in California:

Thomas J. Brandi has tried cases to verdict in 18 jurisdictions and has obtained numerous jury verdicts ranging from $1 million to $1 billion. A lawyer for more than 35 years, in 1993 Brandi started his own firm, The Brandi Law Firm, representing plaintiffs in serious injury and mass tort cases. He was Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the year in 2004 (also nominated in 2002 and 2012), a six–time nominee for Trial Lawyer of the Year for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lawyer of the Year in San Francisco for personal Injury. Brandi has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and in the top 100 attorney rankings of Super Lawyers since 2004 and in the Top Ten for 2013-to present. He is the past president of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, and Litigation Counsel of America. He was named USF School of Law Alumnus of the Year in 2009 and Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2010. In 2016 Tom was named to the State Bar of California Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and in 2021 was the recipient of a California Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on the Ghosthip litigation. He is President of the American Slovenian Education Foundation and Honorary Consul for Slovenia in California. His family is from the Bela Krajina region.

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This project was funded, in part, through a U.S. Embassy grant. The opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State.