Trade for democracy in South-East Asia


15 Mar 2016 16:00


Global Europe

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The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.

The Commission aspires to greater trade ties with the whole ASEAN region, building on country-specific bilateral agreements. However, compliance with the European social and regulatory model within ASEAN member countries can differ.

Researches show that stronger trade ties with the EU have so far helped countries like Myanmar and the Philippines move towards economic growth, social progress, and democratic development; whereas such conditions are not yet fully met with Malaysia and Thailand.

  • To what extent do trade restrictions encourage compliance with European values?
  • What other engagements can be taken to ensure that trade partners commit to safe and sustainable supply chains?

EurActiv Institute is pleased to invite you to a high-level conference to explore answers to these questions.

Confirmed contributors:

  • Franck Proust, MEP, INTA Committee Standing Rapporteur on Thailand
  • Barbara Lochbihler, MEP, Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Human Rights/Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson GREENS/EFA
  • David Martin, MEP
  • HE Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Mission of the Philippines to the European Union
  • Mauro Petriccione, Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission
  • Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)


  • Daniela Vincenti, Editor-in-Chief,


  • Rick Zedník, CEO,


  • 15.45 - 16.00 Registration
  • 16.00 – 17.00 Impulse statements and open debate
  • 17.00 – 17.30 Conclusion
  • 17.30 – 18.00 Networking reception

For more information, please contact:

Irene Marchi,

Network Projects and Events Executive
+32 (0)2 226 58 23 

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