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Lunch Event – TPP: A Challenge to Europe

December 17 2014
Venue: Mission of New Zealand, Avenue des Nerviens 9-31, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Vangelis Vitalis, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
Time: 12:30

The regional economic architecture is rapidly evolving in the Asia-Pacific, shaped by a plethora of alphabet soup mega-plurilaterals of TPP, RCEP and FTAAP. The world outside Brussels is increasingly convinced that TPP in particular, and the Asia-Pacific region in general will be the new agenda-setting pillar, and the first ‘competing’ economic integration that is large enough to have a considerable negative impact on the EU.

The EU continues to negotiate bilaterally with some TPP countries, but it has no strategy equivalent to the TPP for the Asia-Pacific region. The EU’s FTA negotiations with the region have faced difficulties, including because of the priority given to TPP by their counterparts. There is also pressure on relations with those countries with which FTA negotiations are already in place or are close to conclusion. It is puzzling too that, key likemindeds on trade policy, Australia and New Zealand, are not on the EU’s FTA negotiating agenda at all. Questions to be considered at this forthcoming event include:

• How will the EU address this emerging challenge in the Asia-Pacific?
• Will the developments in the Asia-Pacific materially affect the EU’s key interests, incl. agriculture, services and standards?
• Are existing EU FTAs sufficient to address the challenges posed by the evolving Asia-Pacific regional economic architecture. Is it time for an EU-TPP initiative to evolve?
Speakers:
• H.E. Ambassador Vangelis Vitalis, Mission of New Zealand to the EU   
• Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE

Lunch will be served during the seminar.   

 

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