03 July 2015

Implications and Perspectives of the TTIP: A Series of Greens/EFA Conferences

Budapest, Hungary - 3 July 2015

The Fifty Shades of Trades
17.30 - 19.30
Mozsár Kávézó
Address: Budapest, Nagymező u. 21, 1065 Hungary

The ongoing TTIP negotiation between the USA and the EU is not only about the increase of transatlantic trade. Not only in Europe but also in America campaigners and public actors are fighting for equal development of unequal regions, jobs and SMEs, protection of democratic legislation, higher standards and better regulations. Would you like to learn about the recent developments and the possible effects of TTIP from some of the front campaigners and public actors in the EU and the United States of America? Then join us the 3rd of July at 17:30.

Interpretation will be provided.

Planned program:


- Tamás MESZERICS - Member of the European Parliament - The Greens/EFA: TTIP in the European Parliament and role of the Greens in the process (15')

- Melinda St.Louis, Public Citizen, USA : Will TTIP contain China and tie the USA to Europe? (15')
Sharon TREAT - Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission

- Will TTIP create a gold standard for global trade? (15')
Floor debate (15')


- László GYÖRGY - economist at Budapest University of Technology and Economics - Department of Finance: Expected effects of TTIP in the CEE region with a special focus on Hungary (15')

- Thea LEE - American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO): Is TTIP good for jobs and SMEs? (15')

- Erzsébet SCHMUCK - Member of the Hungarian Parliament - LMP: TTIP in the Hungarian political debate (15')
Floor debate (15')

Moderator: Katalin CSIBA


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