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Sustainable development Brussels, 3 June 2015

The Environmental Goods Agreement - Promoting EU environmental objectives through trade

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On Wednesday 3 June 2015 DG Trade will hold a roundtable debate with focus on the ongoing Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement that aim to promote trade in green technologies.

The green sector is of key importance for Europe: it contributes to environmental protection – clean water, air, soil, good waste management and lower greenhouse gas emissions – as well as jobs and growth in the EU. The EU is committed to achieve substantial progress in the negotiations by the end of 2015 in order to contribute to the UN climate negotiations in Paris and the 10th WTO Ministerial in Nairobi.

The upcoming roundtable will offer European stakeholders an opportunity to exchange views on the initiative with the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete, as well as representatives of international organisations and EU partner countries involved in the talks.

Meeting details

  • Date: 3/06/2015
  • Time: 13:30 - 19:30
  • Location: Charlemagne building, Room Alcide de Gasperi, European Commission, 170 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels
  • Language: English – no translation will be provided
  • Live webstreaming (starts at 13.30)



In order to attend the meeting, please fill in the registration form

Deadline for registration
: Wednesday, 1 June, 2015 23:00.

Who can attend this event?

Primarily non-governmental organisations, consumers’ associations, workers/trade unions, professional organisations, industry and business associations, companies, regional/local representatives. Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the EU Member States will also be invited to attend.



Ms Cecilia Malmström European Commissioner for Trade (read the speech)
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate and Energy (read the speech)
Ms Astrid Schomaker, Director of DG ENV, responsible for Strategy (read the speech)
Mr Marc Vanheukelen, Director of DG TRADE - responsible for Trade and Sustainable Development
Mr Aik Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
Amb. Istvan Alfaro Solano, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the EU (read the speech in EN or in ES)
Mr Zhang Kening, Minister, Economic and Commercial Counsellor's Office, the Mission of China to the EU
Amb. Jakob Brix Tange, Danish Ambassador for Trade Policy
Ms Monika Hencsey, Head of Unit, Trade and Sustainable Development, Generalized System of Preferences, DG TRADE (read the presentation)
Ms Anja von Moltke, Head of Trade, Policy and Planning Unit, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) (read the presentation)
Mr Peter C. Brun, Managing Director of the Alliance of the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI-Alliance) (read the presentation)
Mr René van Sloten, Executive Director Industrial Policy, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) (read the speech)
Mr Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum (read the presentation)
Ms Veena Jha, Senior Technical Advisor , International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (read the presentation)
Representatives of stakeholders

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