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Invitation Oct. 17th The EU-Australia FTA: Can the EU still do trade deals?

5 October 2016

The controversy over TTIP and CETA has led many to question whether the EU is still capable of negotiating and ratifying trade deals with third countries. There is a general trend against globalisation manifested by the rise in populist political parties across Europe and elsewhere. In these circumstances what are the chances of a successful free trade agreement with Australia? What are the priorities and what advantages would it bring to both sides? How would Brexit affect the negotiations?

To discuss these and other questions you are invited to a panel discussion from 1800-1930 on 17 October at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. There will be a wine and cheese reception following the panel discussion. 



18:00: Welcome by Ambassador Mark Higgie and Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre (moderator)


Panel Discussion with

Christian Ewert, Director General, Foreign Trade Association

Alison Burrows, First Assistant Secretary in the Australian Office of Trade Negotiation and lead on the EU-Australia FTA.

Peter Berz, Head of Division, Asia-Pacific, DG Trade


18:45 Q and A


19:15 Closing remarks, Ryan Heath, Playbook (tbc)


19:20 Reception


20:00 Close


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