The British Embassy, Warsaw and demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy invite you to a discussion taking stock of the latest round of negotiations and looking ahead at whether talks are on track to reach agreement in 2015.
The economic gains of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been widely trumpeted by leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. If an agreement is truly ambitious and goes beyond reducing tariffs, the EU could gain around €120 billion a year. As the British Prime Minister said, it could be "the biggest bilateral trade deal in history...a deal that will have a greater impact than all the other trade deals on the table put together." But TTIP also represents much more than a free trade deal. It is central to a vision of a reformed EU that is more competitive and able to deliver jobs and growth to its citizens. It also has an enormous geostrategic value.
Our discussion will examine progress achieved during the five completed rounds of negotiations and identify key elements necessary to reach the final deal. It will also explain how regulatory convergence will make a difference to the ways of doing business on both sides of the Atlantic. Government, business leaders and SME entrepreneurs will explore how best to prepare for taking advantage of TTIP in order to consolidate transatlantic trade and investment. The event will also be an opportunity to go beyond the direct consequences of TTIP and discuss its place within a wider geopolitical context.
10.30 – 11.00 Registration and coffee
11.00 – 11.05 Welcome
Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy
Paweł Świeboda, President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy
11.05 – 12.00 Panel discussion
Moderated by Paweł Świeboda, President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy
Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Senior Cabinet Minister & Prime Minister’s Trade Representative
Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International
Andrzej Klesyk, President of Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń SA
Janusz Piechocinski, Economy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland (tbc)
12.00 - 12.30 Q&A session
12.30 Conclusion remarks
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The conference will be held in English only. We provide simultaneous interpretation. Participation is free of charge. Number of seats is limited. Please register early.