EVENTS

ESF 20th Anniversary Event10th December 2019 –

At the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, ESF organised an event entitled “Importance of trade in services in a disruptive world trade environment” on 10th December from 16:30 to 19:00. You can find the programme here. More than 100 participants attended the event. After the presentation of the ESF Brochure on the importance of trade in services in the EU economy and a presentation by Mr. Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist, DG Trade, European Commission on “Trade in services: Unlocking the policy potential of  recent analytical developments”, Iana Dreyer from our Media Partner Borderlex moderated the High-Level Panel with representatives from the three EU institutions providing their views on trade in services in the next 5 years:

  • Sabine Weyand, Director General – Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
  • Bernd Lange, Chairman of International Trade Committee, Member of the European Parliament (S&D – DE)
  • Pasi-Heikki Vaaranmaa, Director for External Economic Relations of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Chairmanship of the TPC under the Finnish Presidency of the European Council.

ESF 20th Anniversary Event

“Importance of trade in services in a disruptive world trade environment”

– 10th December 2019 – 16:30 – 19:00 –

BusinessEurope Building – Room Europe –  168, avenue de Cortenbergh – 1000 Brussels

16:30 – 17:00:      Registration & Welcoming coffee

17:00 – 17:05:      Welcoming Remarks

                               Mr. Tilmann Kupfer, Chairman of ESF Policy Committee, Vice President,             Trade and International Affairs, BT Group Plc.

17:05 – 17:15:      Introductory Remarks “ESF Brochure on the importance of trade in                 services in the EU Economy”

                               Mr. Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum

17:15 – 17:25       New Business Opportunities for Services Sectors

                               Mr. Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist, DG Trade, European Commission

17:25 – 18:50:      High Level Panel Discussion & Q&A

  • Moderator: Iana Dreyer, Editor, Borderlex
  • Ms. Sabine Weyand, Director General – Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
  • Mr Pasi-Heikki Vaaranmaa, Director for External Economic Relations of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Chairmanship of the TPC under the Finnish Presidency of the European Council.
  • Mr. Bernd Lange, Chairman of International Trade Committee, Member of the European Parliament (S&D – DE)

18:50 – 19:00:      Closing remarks

                               Mr. Tilmann Kupfer, Chairman of ESF Policy Committee

19:00 – 21:00:      Cocktail and reception in the lobby of Room Europe

We thank our Media Partner for this event: Borderlex.eu          

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9:00 – 9:05 – Welcome by ESF Former Chairman Sir Thomas Harris

9:05 – 10:15 – High level speakers Panel

Moderator                          •   ESF New Chairman Noel Clehane

Key note speaker:             •   EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

  • MEP Marietje Schaake – INTA (NL-ALDE)
  • WTO Deputy Director General Karl Brauner
  • President & CEO, Telenor Group, Sigve Brekke (Presentation of Telenor Group)

 10:15 – 11:15 – Panel 1:   Importance of Trade in Services for the EU economy:

Issues to be discussed: Impact on exports, imports and investment – Impact on innovation – Impact on jobs – Global Value-Added Chain

Moderator: Erick Van der Marel – ECIPE

1.“Importance of export of services in various modes of supply” – Lucian Cernat – DG Trade Chief Economist (Lucian Cernat – Modes of supply) (

2. Importance of Trade in services for the manufacturing and agro-industry – Magnus Rentzhog – Swedish National Board of Trade

3. “Trade in Value Added (TiVA) and Global Value Chain” – Andreas Maurer (Chief Economist Office WTO) (Presentation)

4. “Measuring barriers: The OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI)” – John Drummond (OECD) (Presentation)

 11:15 – 11:30 – Coffee

 11:30 – 12:00 – Panel 2:   Negotiations on services go much beyond Services sectors

Issues to be discussed: Horizontal matters (Data flows, Investment, Movement of business personnel); Market access and national treatment for companies; Rules and disciplines for governments and companies; Regulatory Cooperation; Public procurement

Moderator: Iana Dreyer – Chief Editor – Borderlex

  1. Christophe Kiener – Head of Services Unit – DG Trade
  2. Pascal Kerneis – Managing Director, ESF (Presentation)

12:00 – 12:50 – Panel 3:  “Brexit and Trade in Services”

Moderator: Stuart Harbinson -Senior Consultant and expert on Trade –                                                 Hume&Brophy

  1. Ingo Borchert, Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Sussex; Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory – UKTPO (Presentation)
  2. Antonio Fernandez-Martos, Member of the Task Force Art50 of the European Commission
  3. Edward Bowles, Managing Director, Group Public Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank

 12:50 – 13:00 – Closing of the Conference: ESF Chairman Noel Clehane

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