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Join former EU Trade Commissioner and Director-General of the WTO Pascal Lamy and Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in a debate on current challenges for the EU’s trade policy.
These are crucial and challenging times for the EU’s trade policy: the EU is seeking a response to the controversial US tariffs on steel and aluminium and to the crisis of the rules-based multilateral trading system. Meanwhile, the EU is successfully strengthening the bilateral track of the common commercial policy: two new FTAs are about to be signed with Japan and Singapore, FTA negotiations with Mercosur and Mexico seem to be coming to a successful conclusion, and new talks are starting with Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the CJEU Opinion 2/15 on the conclusion of the EU-Singapore FTA triggered a debate on the new architecture of EU FTAs, separating provisions related to investment from other trade provisions falling under the exclusive competence of the EU. Other issues such as EU-China trade and investment relations, Brexit, the Multilateral Investment Court System and the future of transatlantic trade relations will remain high on the EU’s trade agenda.
Pascal Lamy and Maria Åsenius will share their insights with regard to these developments and discuss the short- and long-term challenges for the EU’s trade policy.
The full programme and more details about this event can be downloaded here.
A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards. Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.
This event is made possible with the generous support of Van Bael & Bellis, VVGB Advocaten/Avocats, VZW Europees Instituut (Ghent University) and the Institute of European and International Economic Law (University of Bern).