EU/China: Building the Right Investment Framework

Date

26 Feb 2013 12:00

Address

Interel House, Rue du Luxembourg 22-24 | 1000
  Brussels
Belgium

Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

Federations / Associations

Section

Trade & Society

Event Location

Belgium

Event Description

Interel is delighted to invite you to our upcoming luncheon debate on ‘EU/China: building the right investment framework’. At the luncheon distinguished guest speakers will share their expert opinions and facilitate an open exchange of views under Chatham House Rules: Guest Speakers:

  • Marc Vanheukelen : Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Karel De Gucht (Trade)
  • Helmut Scholz: Member of the European Parliament (GUE/NGL), standing Rapporteur on EU - China trade relations
  • Prof. Dr. Haiyan Zhang: Academic Director, Chinese-Europe Business Studies and Euro-China Centre, at the Antwerp Management School Moderator 
  • Nancy Kontou: Managing Director of Kontou Associates, former Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Dimas (Environment 2004-10)

Topics of Discussion: At the latest EU-China Summit on 20th September 2012 both parties reaffirmed their commitment to launch negotiations "as soon as possible" with a view to concluding an EU-China investment agreement. The European industry hopes that such an agreement can facilitate access to the Chinese market on fair and non-discriminatory terms and enhance legal certainty.

This raises a number of question which will be discussed during the luncheon: 

  • What should a successful investment agreement include? 
  • How likely is it for such an agreement to be concluded and on what timescale? 
  • Is this the most effective way to achieve the European industry's objectives?