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Events | Brussels, 10 May 2012

High Level Conference: Modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments

On 10 May 2012 DG TRADE hosted a conference to present and discuss the modernisation initiative of Trade Defence instruments (TDI).

Trade Defence instruments are a complex subject, not only in purely technical terms, but also because they often raise ideological and even philosophical concerns among the trading community.

This conference -  held on 10 May 2012 in Brussels - served as an opportunity to position trade defence in the broader context of today's trading environment, the EU's trade policy and the Europe 2020 strategy. It also laid out the underlying motivation and goals for the modernisation process of TDI.

The conference began with key note speeches by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Péter P. Balás, Deputy Director General for Trade, followed by a presentation of the recently completed evaluation study of the trade defence instruments. During the second part of the day, trade specialists were informed in detail about the ongoing modernisation initiative and the various areas it may possibly cover. The public consultation launched on 3 April 2012, another important element of the modernisation initiative, was also discussed, as well as the next steps in the process. Stakeholders had the opportunity to provide their valuable contributions.

For more information please contact the modernisation team.  



8.15 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.15 Welcome and introduction
9.15 – 10.00 Statement by Trade Commissioner K. De Gucht
10.00 – 10.30 Statement by Deputy Director General for Trade Péter P. Balás
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30 Presentation of the evaluation study


14.00 – 16.00 Modernisation of TDI
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.15 Stakeholders' interventions
17.15 – 17.30 Concluding remarks

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