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ECIPE Conference: The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement – A Springboard for a Freer, Fairer and more Open Trading System?

November 22 2018
Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
Speakers: Pedro Silva Pereira, Yorizumi Watanabe, Sonali Chowdhry, Yozo Yokota, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Sophia Bengtsson, Fredrik Erixon
Time: 09:30

Please join us for a high-level conference to discuss the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

The economic relations between the EU and Japan have been strong for a long time, but are now about to take new steps forward as they have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement that significantly will reduce barriers to trade. It is an important agreement for both sides, but also comes at a time when the principles and practice of the open and rules-based trading system are stressed. What new trade opportunities will this agreement bring? How can it be used as a platform for improving social conditions and the climate of trade policy in the world?

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Programme

09:30 Welcome

09:40 Keynote I: Pedro Silva Pereira, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the EU-Japan EPA

10:10 Panel I:

Prof. Yozo Yokota, President, Centre for Human Rights Education and Training, and former UN Special Rapporteur and Member of the UN sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Sophia Bengtsson, Deputy Director, European Affairs, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of ECIPE and leading expert in Europe on the EU-Japan EPA

11.25 Coffee break

11:45 Panel II:

Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe, former trade negotiators and Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Sonali Chowdhry, Marie Curie PhD Fellow, Center for International Economics, Ifo Institute and co-author of a Bruegel study for the European Parliament about the EU-Japan EPA

Fredrik Erixon, Director, ECIPE

13:00 End