17 Nov 2020

Transatlantic Trade Conference

From 09:15 till 18:15

8000 Bruges


On Tuesday the 17th of November 2020, the Department of European Economic Studies organises a conference on transatlantic trade. 
The objective of this conference is to illustrate the options, challenges, and opportunities for the international trading system.
Along with the transatlantic trading relationship, other topics to be covered include the Boeing/Airbus case, the role of trade rules in addressing climate change, and the reform of the WTO.

This event is open to the public but registration is required before 16 November, 17h00.

Contact person: Tony O'CONNOR

Connection Details
Meeting link: https://coleurope.webex.com/coleurope/j.php?MTID=m2cfff3d50b96cd3bd0b50468f64b7952
Meeting number: 175 610 7938
Password: 8000

9.15-9.30: Introduction by Federica MOGHERINI (Rector of the College of Europe)

9.30-10.15: The twists and turns of trade wars chaired by Professor Jacques PELKMANS (CEPS) 

  • Resurgence of trade wars: Why now? What costs?
    • Elisabeth CHRISTEN (WIFO: Österreichisches Institute Für Wirtschaftsforschung)
  • Miracle or mirage: can trade policies help reduce global trade imbalances?
    • Przemyslaw KOWALSKI (Senior Economist, OECD)

10.15-10.30: Break

10.30-12.00: Tit-for-tat battles: Any chance for de-escalation? chaired by Syed KAMALL (Professor of Politics and International Relations at St Mary’s University)

  • How to limit the spillover effects of the Airbus/Boeing case on European (manufacturing) industry?
    • Stephan WITTIG (Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, University of Hamburg)
  • How can we ensure that the dependency criterion for EU retaliatory measures is fully taken into account?
    • Fredrik ERIXON (Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy)

12.00-12.30: Keynote Address on “A new focus on implementation and enforcement in the EU’s trade policy: implications for the EU and its trading partners” 

  • Denis REDONNET (Deputy Director-General – Chief Trade Enforcement Officer at DG TRADE, European Commission) 

12.30-13.30: Lunch break

13.30-14.30: Europe and the US: confrontation or accommodation? chaired by Prof. Thierry MAYER, Sciences Po Paris

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony GARDNER
  • International trade under attack: What strategy for Europe?
    • Prof. André SAPIR (Bruegel & ULB)
  • Restoring a sense of common purpose to the EU/US trade relationship
    • Prof. Gabriel FELBERMAYR (President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

14.30-15.30: WTO reform chaired by Prof. Peter HOLMES, Sussex University

  • Trade wars: Is the WTO being sidelined?
    • Gabrielle MARCEAU (Senior Counsellor, Research Division (ERSD), WTO)
  • How to revitalise the rules-based system?

15.30-15.45: Break

15.45-16.30: Trade rules as a tool to fight climate change chaired by Anna CRETI (University Paris Dauphine & Climate Economics Chair, Paris)

16.30-18.15: Building the future together: perspectives from China, North America and the EU, chaired by Prof. Sieglinde GSTÖHL (College of Europe)

  • Ambassador ZHANG Ming (Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union)
  • Ambassador Robert DE GROOT (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU)
  • Ambassador João AGUIAR MACHADO (WTO mission, Geneva)
  • Ambassador Chris COOTER (Canadian Mission to the EU)

18.15: Farewell

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