This event will explore how EU trade policy is adapting to and being reshaped by a new disorderly world order; the impact of anti-globalisation European public sentiment on efforts to liberalise bilateral and region-to-region trade flows; and the implications of a focus on bilateral and regional deals for the multilateral trading system represented by the WTO.
The event is part of our What the Chiefs Say series. This exclusive series of events brings together small groups of our senior-level members to discuss topical issues with a key decision-maker. These roundtable conversations will feature influential figures from international institutions, parliaments, governments, business, NGOs and the media. In each 60-minute session, members will have a chance to put their questions to those who call the shots. The events are insightful and interactive, tackling the burning issues of the day. Participation is by invitation only.
17.30 - 18.00
Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 - 19.00
With protectionist pressures on the rise across the world, the EU is putting renewed efforts to conclude negotiations on long-standing trade deals, as seen with the landmark political agreement on a free trade pact with Japan, and the decision to clinch new accords to liberalise bilateral and region-to-region trade flows, including with Mercosur, India, Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN. Difficulties still remain, particularly on convincing a sceptical and largely anti-globalisation European public of the positive outcomes of trade liberalisation. There are also concerns that a focus on bilateral and regional deals will further erode and fragment the multilateral trading system represented by the WTO.
- How is the EU adapting its trade negotiations and policies to a changing world order?
- What is being done to ease public concerns about the negative impact of free trade and globalisation?
- Why is the EU seeking stronger vetting of foreign investments when it needs more financial resources especially to create new jobs?
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Tel: +32 2 893 98 24
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