The 14th EU-China Civil Society Round Table took place in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. Topics set up for discussion during this meeting of the Round Table were Innovation and economic development in rural areas, and Infrastucture and investment, in the framework of the One Belt One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The aim of the discussions was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.
The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion on the same subject.
When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), the accession protocol included a clause which could be interpreted to mean that from a specific date (11 December 2016), China would automatically be given market economy treatment for the purposes of the application of trade defence instruments. This interpretation is contested by some stakeholders. It would have a direct impact on industry, investment, growth and employment in Europe.
Report by Jonathan Peel:
- SDGs and the Paris Agreement
- Sustainability and the ‘circular economy’
- SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the key role of trade and investment
- Encouraging greater EU – PR China cooperation
- EU – PR China co-operation on Climate Change
Report by Michael McLoughlin and Oliver Röpke:
The Potential of Big Data, Health, Government, Economics and Policy Making, Banking, Finance and Retail, Education, The Risks of Big Data, Privacy, Security, Competition and Anti-trust, Human Rights, Workplace Issues, Digital Divide, The Global Situation
Report by Wang Xiaokang
- Addressing climate change globally is facing a severace situation
- China’s Practices contributed Chinese Approach
- China and the EU should join hands to strengthen comprehensive cooperation on addressing climate change
Report by Cheng Xueqi
- Big Data --A New Stage of Informatization Development
- The Impact of Big Data on Society
- Big Data Concerns
- Big Data Strategies Around The World
- China-EU Big Data Cooperation Initiative
We have just signed a joint statement that puts in black and white our areas of agreement and clear recommendations on some very crucial topics for the future of our societies.
With today's joint statement, we send a powerful signal and a concrete messages to the political authorities on both sides: after all, if actors as diverse and varied as we are, from both Chinese and European civil society, manage to speak with one voice, then our politicians have to take note.
Ladies and gentlemen, I see the input that will be provided at the EU-China Round Table in the context of the overall relationship between the EU and China, such as the EU-China Strategic Partnership and the recent joint statement adopted at the EU-China summit in April this year.
The EU and China share common views in many areas. The ever-increasing interdependence in this globally connected world that will put demands on us in terms of closer cooperation to face common challenges. Especially in the area of trade and investment, firstly, we must ensure that growth is sustainable, inclusive, and benefits all. We must take measures to make sure we operate sounds and stable financial systems, and commonly and strongly continue to defend the multilateral, open and rules-based trading system we have so carefully built over the last 50 or more years. In this context, the EU’s and China’s active and constructive engagement is paramount to ensuring that the WTO remains the core of the open trading system.