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WHAT TTIP DEAL DOES EUROPE WANT?
TTIP negotiations are now moving into a decisive phase. The pace of progress over the next six to nine months will indicate how comprehensive and ambitious the outcome could be. After intense and controversial debate in a number of member states, expectations in Europe are now more realistic. Should the EU go for the “early harvest” or should it stick to the comprehensive approach of including the more difficult NTB issues, even if it means extending negotiations until the next US-administration will be operative? How to deal with the “losers” of TTIP in Europe? What are essential NTB-issues for Europe (public procurement, services, digital)?
Introductory Remarks and Moderator: Josef Janning, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Kemal DerviŠŸ, Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program, Brookings Institute
José Manuel González Paramo, Executive Board Member, BBVA
Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General, World Trade Organization
Marietje Schaake, MEP; ALDE Group Spokesperson on TTIP
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DOES EUROPE HAVE A DIGITAL FUTURE?
Among the many challenges to European power, the digital one is key yet often missing on the agenda. History shows that technological revolutions have the capacity to make or break great powers. The digital revolution is no different and Europe risks missing it entirely. European companies are lagging behind and regulation is outdated or inadequate. Cyber-security has displaced traditional security risks, both for companies and states and the digital revolution is changing the dynamics of diplomacy and soft power. How can Europe overcome its issues of funding and regulation to compete with the huge international corporations that preside over the digital economy? Will member states co-ordinate their security strategies sufficiently to deal with cyber-security challenges? How can the EU preserve an open and free internet in which European open society values can prosper?
Introductory Remarks: José-Ignacio Torreblanca, Head of Madrid Office, ECFR
Carl Bildt, Co-Chair of Board, ECFR
Andrew Puddephatt, Director, Global Partners & Associated
Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefonica
Moderator: Gregor Peter Schmitz, Berlin Bureau Chief, Wirtschaftswoche
WHAT RUSSIA POLICY DOES EUROPE NEED?
Russia’s annexation of Crimea has made the EU aware that not only does Moscow not share Europe’s liberal outlook when it comes to domestic arrangements, but it also does not subscribe to the EU’s understanding of the European order. It is clear that the EU’s Russia-policy that used to be based on the assumption that the EU and Russia share if not values, then at least interests, needs to be changed. But how? What is the actual nature of the disagreements between the EU and Russia and how to overcome them?
Introductory Remarks: Kadri Liik, Wider Europe Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Robert Cooper, Diplomat
Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia
Moderator: Christine Ockrent, Commentator and Writer