Fifth Annual FEPS-­‐IPD Conference - Regroup and reform:  Ideas for a more progressive trade policy

16.10.2017 (08:30 – 18:00)

Brussels, 03 October 2017

 

Fifth Annual FEPS-­‐IPD Conference -  Regroup and reform: Ideas for a more progressive trade policy

 

Trade politics and policies do not operate in a vacuum, and, against this backdrop, negotiations on new trade agreements have provoked heated debate in many countries over the past few years. Especially at a time when the hitherto stalwart defender of trade openness, the United States, is reconsidering its trade posture, demonstrating its potential willingness to erect trade barriers and assume a more confrontational stance under the influence of its unpredictable and erratic new president. 

Given the tremendous value in and necessity of shaping international trade and investment towards a more progressive direction, the global progressive movement needs to find intelligent and intelligible answers to these issues.

In this view, FEPS, GPF (Global Progressive Forum), S&D (Group of the Progressive Alliance of the Socialists and Democrats), PES (Party of European Socialists), SOLIDAR, and ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) have jointly decided to promote a wide and ambitious project to address and discuss with experts, NGOs and progressive leaders some of the most divisive issues about trade agreements. 

A keynote speech by Professor Joseph Stiglitz will be followed by a roundtable discussion. High-level, pertinent stakeholders from the US and Europe will gather together to discuss and debate throughout the day, focused on three topics:
-        Trade agreements and their affects
-       Current trade imbalances
-       The political reality of international trade agreements  

 

Check the programme attached below.