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Past Events

  • Book Forum: “India, the Emerging Giant”

    Venue: Hotel Euroflat: Boulevard Charlemagne 50, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Professor Arvind Panagariya, SIPA, Columbia UniversitynP.K.M. Tharakan, Professor Emeritus of the University of AntwerpnProfessor Patrick Messerlin, GEMnRazeen Sally, Director ECIPE
    Time: 13:00

    Professor Arvind Panagariya will present his latest book, “India, the Emerging Giant” at Book Forum organised by ECIPE in association with Sciences Po. Razeen Sally, Director of ECIPE, and professor Mathew Tharakan will comment and discuss this path breaking work, which constitutes a key to understanding the rise of India in the world economy.

  • The WTO: Past, Present and Future – Putting the Problems in Perspective

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont Boulevard Charlemagne 11 – 19, Brussels
    Speakers: Roderick Abbott, Former Deputy Director General of the WTOnPatrick Low, Chief Economist (Director of Economic Research and Statistics) at the World Trade OrganizationnPeter Kleen, Senior Fellow of ECIPE and Trade Policy ConsultantnLars Anell, Chairman of ICC’s Commission on Trade and Investment Policy; former Chairman of the GATTnPatrick Messerlin, Professor, GEM, Sciences PonSigne Ratso, Director Responsible for WTO Affairs, DG Trade, European Commission
    Time: 13:00

    With a faltering Doha Round, the future of the multilateral trading system is at stake. Taking a historical perspective can be a useful way of bringing in new perspectives in current discussions on the future of the WTO. Reports will be presented followed by commentaries by key discussants.

  • Kazakhstan and the World Trade Organization: Foreign Economic Diplomacy And CIS Integration into the World Economy

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11 – 19, Brussels
    Speakers: Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, KazakhstannRoderick Abbott, Former Deputy Director General of the WTOnArastou Khatibi, Research Associate of ECIPE, Department of Economics at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).nBrian Hindley, Senior Fellow, ECIPE, and lead authornof ECIPE’s new study on Kazakhstan’s WTO accessionnDr. Svante Cornell, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies ProgrammenMs. Signe Ratso, Director Responsible for WTO Affairs, OECD and Food Related SectorsnFredrik Erixon, Director and co-founder of ECIPE
    Time: 12:30

    This conference will take a comprehensive look at Kazakhstan, its WTO accession and integration into the world economy. Kazakhstan is hailed by the IMF and others as a success story in terms of ‘becoming a globaliser’, but what does this really mean? How might WTO accession facilitate the process and how will Kazakhstan’s choice of strategy affect this politically charged region?

  • ECIPE Conference: Trade Facilitation and the WTO: How to Foster Reform and Capacity in Developing Countries?

    Venue: Hotel Euroflat, Blvd Charlemagne 50, 1000 Brussels
    Time: 09:00

    Trade facilitation initiatives hold greater potential benefits in terms of promoting trade, than many traditional market access initiatives. What is less clear is how this should be achieved . At this seminar, noted trade economist Michael Finger will present his new ECIPE study on the role of a WTO agreement in promoting trade facilitation. Finger outlines what measures would be of most benefit to developing and emerging markets and what would be feasible, before looking at the potential obstacles to a successful and meaningful WTO agreement. With contributions from high-level panellists, the debate should be stimulating, in this highly topical area of current trade negotiations.

  • The Role of Internet for Globalisation

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Blvd Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels
    Speakers: Roderick Abbott, Charles E. Crouch, Cornelia Kutterer, Ewa Synowiec, Gernot Pehnelt and Fredrik Erixon
    Time: 09:00

    Globalisation is often portrayed in the language of economics. Explanations of global economic integration in the last decades – a period when economic integration has been stronger than ever in economic history – often point to the increased use of comparative advantages. The seminar will be based on a new ECIPE studies examining policies that enable a stronger effect of internet services on globalisation.

  • Lunch seminar: Has Globalisation Reduced Inflation in Europe?

    Venue: ECIPE, Rue Belliard 4-6, Brussels
    Speakers: Gernot Pehnelt,Research Associate at ECIPE and an associated scholar at the Friedrich-Schiller-University
    Time: 11:30

    Two of the most remarkable trends in the last two decades have been the considerable slow down in inflation rates and the increasing globalisation. We know that these two trends have been correlated, but exactly how has globalisation affected inflation? At this seminar Gernot Pehnelt will present his forthcoming paper on globalisation and inflation. Gernot Pehnelt is a Research Associate at ECIPE and an associated scholar at the Friedrich-Schiller-University

  • Lunch seminar: Whither EU-Israeli Economic and Trade Relations?

    Venue: Rue Belliard 4-6 – 1040 Brussels – 7th Floor
    Speakers: Lior Herman
    Time: 11:30

    EU and Israel are negotiating a new cooperation agreement, but negotiations have not yielded any substantial result. In what direction are EU-Israeli trade relations moving, fundamentally and politically, and what are the prospects for increased trade integration? Lior Herman, a Research Associate at ECIPE and a visiting lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present his recent research on EU and Israeli trade policy.

  • Conference: Stepping into Asia’s Growing Markets

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont -Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, Director, EU Commission, DG Trade, Guy de Jonquières, former Asia and World Trade Editor of the Financial Times, Yin Zonghua, People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Professor Patrick Messerlin, Sciences Po, Dr Razeen Sally, Director, ECIPE and Dr Claude Barfield, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.
    Time: 08:00

    With Asia’s rise in the world economy commercial ties between Asia and the EU have dramatically increased over the last decades. The EU has launched a new strategy towards Asia focused on gaining better access to Asian markets and promoting its commercial interests. ECIPE’s conference is a first stock-taking of the EU’s policy trends and discussions on how to best move forward in the near future.

  • WTO Public Forum

    Venue: WTO headquarters in Geneva — Centre William Rappard
    Speakers: Fredrik ErixonnRazeen SallynRengang HuangnPatrick MesserlinnRoderick Abbott
    Time: 12:15
  • EUROPEAN COMPETITIVENESS AND ANTIDUMPING POLICY

    Venue: Brussels, Hotel Silken Berlaymont , Boulevard Charlemagne 11–19
    Speakers: Peter BalasnEwa BjörlingnFredrik ErixonnBrian HindleynHenrik IsaksonnLena JohanssonnPeter KleennJohan KrafftnPatrick MesserlinnCliff StevensonnHylke VandenbusschenEdwin Vermulst
    Time: 11:30

    The European economy has changed profile in the last decades. Globalisation has enabled firms in Europe – and all across the world – to enhance its production structure by breaking up the supply chain. Trade and sourced production are integral parts of the entire chain of production. We are trading in tasks rather than in finished goods.