Join us on Capitol Hill for a US/Europe trade deal discussion

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013, 3:43 am

RSVP now to join the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
for the 5th Georgetown on the Hill, Trade Policy Forum

Europe/U.S. Trade Deal: Promise and Reality

Tuesday, March 26th
12 Noon to 1:30 PM
Lunch will be served.

After a year of deliberation the leaders of the European Union and the U.S. have agreed to start a negotiation to expand a market that now accounts for half of global GDP and 30 percent of trade but is challenged by faster-growing economies, mainly in Asia.

Leaders have set the bar very high: it’s to be an ambitious, comprehensive agreement that embraces trade (services, goods and agriculture), investment, and regulatory issues.

Leaders have stressed the need for strong political commitment to get a deal done.

But solving some of the really vexing problems in E.U./U.S. relations – agriculture subsides and market access, deep differences in financial and food safety regulation, Europe’s determination to strengthen personal privacy protection, nagging issues like Europe’s block on U.S. cultural content, and deeply entrenched U.S. maritime protectionism – will demand a strength of political determination that many, on both sides of the Atlantic, doubt can be summoned.

Our panel of stakeholders and analysts will assess, in light of the realities, the agreement’s promise of  a more productive transatlantic relationship that resolves embedded commercial issues, transcends decades of mutual distrust, and creates a new solidarity of purpose.


  • John Herrmann, Partner, Kelly Drye, and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, National Security Council
  • Thea Mei Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director & Chief International Economist, AFL-CIO
  • Dave Salmonsen, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Michael Smart, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors, LLC, and former International Trade Counsel, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Moderator: Bob Vastine, Senior Industry Fellow, CBPP, Georgetown

The Georgetown on the Hill Series brings the Georgetown Center’s work to Capitol Hill for tutorials on issues that are gaining visibility in Congress.  These events foster collaboration and dialogue between academics and policy-makers crafting legislation.  Frequently, members of Congress participate in these events and offer opening remarks before guest speakers and panelists.

Prior trade focused events include:

Can the U.S. Negotiate a High Standard Trans-Pacific Partnership? What’s at Stake for Jobs and Consumers? February 2013
U.S. Trade Policy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
, January 2013
Challenge to the Net: What Happened in Dubai?
, December 2012
Trade, Jobs and the Digital Economy, October 2012

This seminar series is designed to comply with all House and Senate rules for a widely attended event.

Follow the discussion on Twitter, #gcbpptrade.

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