Britain & Europe
Making the most of Europe -
the EU's common commercial policy as
a driver for growth
Mr Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade
Chaired by Sir Stephen Wall,
Chair of UCL Council
Friday 21st February 2014
from 11am - 12.30pm
EU Commissioner De Gucht will address the benefits of EU membership when it comes to international trade negotiations. He will speak about the EU's trade agenda, and what has been achieved over the last four years. He will also update us on the current EU-US trade and investment negotiations. The recent media controversy over investment protection negotiations (see e.g. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/02/transatlantic-free-trade-deal-regulation-by-lawyers-eu-us) will be addressed straight on.
About the speaker
Mr De Gucht has held the position of European Commissioner for Trade since February 2010. Prior to this, he was the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid from 2009-10 and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium before this. Commissioner De Gucht obtained a Law Degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1971. He is fluent in Dutch, French and English and holds the honorary title of Minster of State in Belgium since 2002.
About this series
The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. The UCL 'Britain and Europe' seminar series examines the relationship between the United Kingdom, and both the European Union and the Council of Europe. The aim of the series is to discuss important policy issues, with a special focus on their legal dimension. Topics to be addressed include the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation. This series is in association with the UCL European Institute, UCL Institute for Human Rights and the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe.
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