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Conference: New Zealand – The EU’s Asia-Pacific Partnership and the Case for a Next Generation FTA

September 24 2015
Venue: Swedish Permanent Representation, Square de Meeûs 30 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Speakers: Anders Ahnlid, David Taylor, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
Time: 09:30

The launch of ECIPE’s paper, “New Zealand: The EU’s Asia Pacific Partnership and the Case for a Next Generation FTA”.

ECIPE, in conjunction with the New Zealand Mission to the EU and the Swedish Permanent Representation, invites you to a seminar to mark the launch of ECIPE’s paper, “New Zealand: The EU’s Asia Pacific Partnership and the Case for a Next Generation FTA”.

The seminar will explore the rationale behind an EU-NZ FTA.  ECIPE’s paper argues, “If an FTA cannot be done with New Zealand, it cannot be done at all”. New Zealand is a likeminded partner with shared values and a strong track record in concluding high-quality, ambitious trade deals. According to ECIPE, negotiation with a liberal economy like New Zealand would allow the EU to refresh its FTA model, creating a “next generation” agreement. It could consequently help unlock the EU’s FTA agenda, especially in the context of difficult TTIP negotiations. ECIPE suggests a deal with New Zealand would open the door for Europe to develop FTAs with other economies in the Asia Pacific – a region that is emerging as the world’s new political and economic centre.

How does an FTA with New Zealand support the EU’s broader trade goals? How can it support European prosperity through enhancing links with the Asia-Pacific? What is the broader value proposition for the EU in negotiating an FTA with New Zealand? Please join us for what will be an engaging discussion.

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Programme

9.30   Coffee and refreshments

10:00 – 10.30  Welcome and introduction

Anders Ahnlid, Ambassador of Sweden to the EU

David TaylorAmbassador of New Zealand to the EU and Sweden

10:30 – 11:10   The case for an EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for InternationalPolitical Economy (ECIPE),

11:10 – 11:30   Q&A and Discussion