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Trade for democracy in South-East Asia

15-03-2016

Trade for democracy in South-East Asia

The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.

The Commission aspires to greater trade ties with the whole ASEAN region, building on country-specific bilateral agreements. However, compliance with the European social and regulatory model within ASEAN member countries can differ.

Researches show that stronger trade ties with the EU have so far helped countries like Myanmar and the Philippines move towards economic growth, social progress, and democratic development; whereas such conditions are not yet fully met with Malaysia and Thailand.

Questions included:
- To what extent do trade restrictions encourage compliance with European values?
- What other engagements can be taken to ensure that trade partners commit to safe and sustainable supply chains?

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Location

Renaissance Hotel
Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

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Speakers

- HE Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Mission of the Philippines to the European Union.
- Mauro Petriccione, Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission.
- Franck Proust MEP, INTA Committee Standing Rapporteur on Thailand.
- Barbara Lochbihler MEP, Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Human Rights/Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson GREENS/EFA.
- Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

Schedule

15.45 – 16.00 Registration
16.00 – 17.00 Impulse statements and open debate
17.00 – 17.30 Conclusion
17.30 – 18.00 Networking reception (Restaurant Parnasse in Renaissance Hotel)

Contact

Irene Marchi
eadebates@euractiv.com
+32 (0)2 226 58 23