Private Secretary to the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Ronald Roosdorp has been a member of the European Union (EU) Economic Policy Committee and of the EU Employment Committee. In these positions he contributed to numerous reports about socio-economic policies for the EU Council of Ministers. In his position as private secretary to the vice prime minister and the minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands he serves as a senior advisor on general political issues, as well as on economic issues (energy policy, telecommunications policy, competition policy, procurement policy, innovation policy). Roosdorp holds a cum laude Master’s degree in international economics from the Free University in Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in international management from the HES School of Business in Amsterdam. During his presentation he compared the economies of the United States and the European Union, and explore the futures of each.