Europe is edging closer to the final decision on the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (EUKOR). After some delays, and political haggling between member states, it is soon time for the European Parliament to vote on the trade agreement. EUKOR is the first of the new FTA negotiations initiated under the EU’s Global Europe strategy to come to fruition, and it is an important element in Europe’s ambition to gain better access to Asia’s growth markets. Yet the opposition to EUKOR has at times been strong, and there have been lots of myths surrounding the agreement. What will EUKOR achieve – and what are the relevant costs and benefits? What will this agreement mean for the future role of bilateral FTAs?
You are cordially invited to a seminar in the European Parliament on the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement; A step in the right direction?
12:00 Introduction by Chair
Roderick Abbott, former Deputy Director General of DG Trade and the WTO
12:10 The EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement
Robert Sturdy, MEP, Vice-Chair of the INTA Committee, and Rapporteur on the EU-Korea FTA
12:30 Economic Costs and Benefits of EUKOR
Fredrik Erixon, Director of ECIPE
12:40 EU trade deals with emerging Asia: the role of EUKOR
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, ECIPE
12:50 Panel Discussion
13:30 End note from Chairman
Lunch/refreshments will be served after the event.
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