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Invitation to a Roundtable: Is there a Case for a Transatlantic Investment Treaty?

October 13 2011
Venue: GMF, Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155,1040 Brussels
Speakers: Peter ChasenPatrick Messerlin
Time: 14:30

Investment policy in the European Union is about to become centralized and member states are currently debating the shape and design of Europe’s new investment policy. Is it also time now to consider a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the EU and the United States? The EU has already set out investment agendas in negotiations over bilateral trade agreements (e.g. with Canada), and at some point in the future it will need to decide a way forward for BIT negotiations with many other countries. What would be the conditions for a good BIT between Europe and the United States?

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ECIPE and GMF are pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion with Peter Chase and Patrick Messerlin. Peter Chase, Senior European Representative for the US Chamber of Commerce and formerly an investment-policy negotiator for the United States, has recently published a paper for GMF on EU investment policy and will kick off the discussion with a presentation of the paper. Patrick Messerlin, Professor of Economics at the Sciences Po and Director of Groupe d’Économie Mondiale, will follow with a comment on relations between investment and services.