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Events Brussels, January 20 2011

High-level Conference on Working Together for Growth - Making the most of the internal market and external trade

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On 20 January 2012, the Commission will host a conference on how to develop and foster mutual supportiveness of external and internal market opening policies, in particular in goods and services regulations. The EU’s "internal" policies are critical for the EU’s effectiveness internationally and the EU’s external policies also shape the competitiveness of the internal market.

The conference will examine how to strengthen the links between internal and external market opening policies such as in the field of regulations and standards and how to improve coordination between the two in areas like government regulation and international standards, with a particular focus on future legislation.  The Commission will present an issues paper covering the potential for improved coordination between internal and external opening and the policy instruments to achieve this.

The conference will discuss the interaction between internal and external market opening policies in the EU. The speakers and participants from business, civil society organisations, academia and policy makers will focus on actual problems and dilemmas, including their impact on trade negotiations.

Presentations and papers

Session on NTBs in goods Mr Henrik Isakson, Senior Advisor and Trade Economist, National Board of Trade:

Mr Jacques Pelkmans, Director of Studies, College of Europe:


Mr Liam Benham, Executive Director, Governmental Affairs at Ford Motor

Session on Services & Investment Mr Raed Safadi, Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Mr Hans van der Loo, member of Foreign Economic Relations Working Group, European Round Table of Industrialists, ERT

Mr Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, ESF

Mr Esa Kaunistola, Director, Trade Policy, Nokia Corporation


Registration to this conference is now closed. On the 20 January you can follow the conference via web streaming, 9:30 - 17:30. 

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