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International trade and globalization - Implications for regional growth, employment and industrial renewal  

The workshop will be an opportunity to look into the growing concern about the local and regional impact of international trade and globalisation as well as the evidence that some local economies and communities lack resilience in the face of this pressure. Issues that will be explored include the possible links between trade, industry specialisation, regional competitiveness and regional inequalities. 
After the presentation of the main findings of the study on Interactions between Trade, Investment and Trends in the EU Industry: EU regions in international trade conducted by the European Parliamentary Research Service, a panel debate will focus on the possible avenues for making trade and globalisation work as an engine for regional growth, employment and industrial renewal. 


14:30-15:00  Registration

15:00-15:10  Welcome        
Jiří Buriánek, Secretary-General of the European Committee of the Regions

15:10-15:30  Setting the scene
Key findings of the EPRS study on Interactions between Trade, Investment and Trends in the EU Industry - EU regions in international trade 

Monika Nogaj, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services, External Policies Unit: Introductory remarks

Laura Puccio, Policy Analyst, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS): Presentation of the key findings

15:30-17:00 Panel debate on Key challenges for EU trade and industrial policy and the quest for fairness and inclusiveness


Bert Kuby, Head of Unit, Commission for Economic Policy (ECON), European Committee of the Regions


Keynote speaker - Alexander C. Lembcke, Economist and Policy Analyst in the OECD's Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism (CFE)
Productivity and jobs in a globalised world: (How) Can all regions benefit?

Lucian Cernat, Head of Unit, Chief Economist and Trade Analysis, DG Trade, European Commission

Philippe de Taxis du Poët, Unit for International Affairs, Directorate for Competitiveness and European Semester, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International 

17:00-17:20  Q&A

17:20-17:30  Closing remarks

Thomas Wobben, Director Legislative Works, European Committee of the Regions.

To register, please click on the registration link in the right column
Registration will be open until midnight on Sunday 21 January 

Organizer: European Committee of the Regions
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