School of Economics

Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs):
New developments and expectations

Friday 24 June 2011
Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


Background

The UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES) and the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS) at the School of Economics, University of Kent organised a high level policy conference on 'Regional Trade Agreements: New developments and expectations'.

The conference brought together academics, representatives of public agencies and interest groups, and practitioners to discuss the effects of the regional trade agreements on agricultural policy and trade. Although the main focus was on the implications for the EU, the conference looked at the wider impact as well.

The agenda reflected key recent developments, including the forthcoming EU-Canada free trade agreement; the implications of a potential EU-Mercosur agreement; the current state of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Speakers included representatives of the European Commission, OECD, senior academics, representatives of interest groups.


Programme

A one-day conference organised by the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS), School of Economics, University of Kent, and the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES). The conference will cover important new developments, including the forthcoming EU-Canada free trade agreement; the state of bilateral and multilateral negotiations of the EU; the state of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

10:00 Introduction and welcome
Janet Haddock-Fraser, Acting Dean Faculty of Social Sciences
Sophia Davidova, UK AES President
Rob Fraser, Deputy Head of School of Economics

10:15 Keynote speakers:
Treatment of agriculture in RTAs
Frank van Tongeren, OECD, Head of Division for Policies in Trade and Agriculture, Directorate for Trade and Agriculture

A useful link to OECD work on RTAs:
www.oecd.org

10:45 EU bilateral and multilateral negotiations: State of play
Tassos Haniotis, Director for Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, Directorate General for Agriculture, European Commission

11:15 Coffee

11:45 Discussion

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 1: EU RTAs with traditional partners and neighbours
14:20 Session 2: Impacts of other countries RTAs on EU agriculture and trade
15:35 Discussion

16:00 Coffee

16:30 Concluding panel
David Blandford, Penn State University
Allan Buckwell, CLA
Tassos Haniotis, European Commission
Euan MacMillan, DFID
Alan Swinbank, University of Reading

 

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