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Programme

10 a.m.– 10.05 a.m. Welcome

Ms Dilyana Slavova, President of the Section for External Relations, EESC

10.05 a.m.– 10.15 a.m.  Introductory Remarks

Mr Alberto Mazzola, President of the International Trade Follow-up Committee, EESC

10.15 a.m.– 10.35 a.m. Opening Session

Chair: Ms Emmanuelle Butaud-Stubbs, Member of the Employers' Group, EESC

  • Mr Peter Sandler, Director, DG Trade, European Commission
  • Mr Boyan Natan, Counsellor, Head of Sector Trade at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria (tbc)
  • Ms Debora Lepre, First Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
10.35 a.m.– 11.35 a.m. Round Table 1 - An overview of the current situation concerning the ratification process

Chair: Ms Benedicte Federspiel, Member of the Diversity Europe, EESC

Speakers:

  • Mr Bernd Schuh, Expert on the democratic dimension of EU negotiations of EU Trade Agreements, Chairman Board of Directors ÖIR
  • Mr Jacques Maire, Vice-president of the commission for Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly
  • Mr Dirk van der Maelen, Chairman of the Committee for External Relations, Chamber of Representatives, Belgium

Q&A session

11.35 a.m.– 11.45 a.m. Coffee break
11.45 a.m.– 12.45 p.m. Round Table 2 – How civil society is informed of and involved in free trade agreements

Chair: Ms Tanja Buzek, Member of the Workers' Group, EESC

Speakers:

Part 1 – Trade agreements: what is in it for the general interest?

  • Ms Léa Auffret, Senior Trade Policy Officer, BEUC
  • Ms Cécile Toubeau, Director, Better Trade and Regulation, Transport & Environment

Part 2 – Growth and jobs in the EU: what role for trade?

  • Mr Andrés Barcelo Delgado, Member of the Employers' Group, EESC, Spain,
  • Mr Daniele Basso, Advisor, ETUC

Q&A session

12.45 p.m.– 1 p.m. Closing remarks
  • Mr Alberto Mazzola, President of the International Trade Follow-up Committee, EESC
  • Ms Dilyana Slavova, President of the Section for External Relations, EESC