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March 06 2020 - March 08 2020

Values First? Promoting EU norms through trade!

March 06, 2020 at 3:00pm - March 08, 2020

Values First? Promoting EU norms through trade!

  US President Donald Trump has shaken the foundations of global trade, slapping steep tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods from the EU and putting into question liberal international economic order. While on the other side China pivots ahead with aggressive international trade regime in Africa promoting alternative models of governance and values. As one of the EU’s overarching objectives in international trade is to promote human rights and universal values the proposed project aims to explore current international trade developments and how the core values of the EU are reflected in (free)trade agreements and investments with third countries. The idea is to gather the thoughts of young liberals on international trade and condense them into a policy book that will be distributed and communicated to European decision-makers including the liberal Members of the European Parliament. The participants are asked to write essays on the topic that will later be compiled to a publication. To explore those topics, the European Liberal Forum (ELF) is organizing a seminar with the support of LYMEC and Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (Stichting IDI) in Luxembourg between 6 to 8 March 2020.  

Draft Programme:  Friday 6 March  15 h - Welcome and objective settings 15 h 30 -  International trade and the role of the EU in setting global norms and standards 17 h 00 - Visit of the Parliament 18 h 30 - Doha Development Agenda - where does Europe stand? at the Parliament of Luxembourg 19 h 30 - Dinner   Saturday 7 March  9 h 00 - Liberal perspective on international trade 10 h 30 - Trade and human rights - challenges and opportunities for liberals 11 h 30 - Coffee break 11 h 45 - Trade wars - what is at stake? 13 h 00 - Lunch 14 h 00 - Discussion of the essays 15 h 00 - Speech by the President of the Democratic Party of Luxembourg 15 h 30 - Coffee break 16 h 00 - Towards an ELF publication 18 h 00 - Conclusions 19 h 30 - Dinner   Sunday 8 March  Travels back  

Session topics:  
  • International trade and the role of the EU in setting global norms and standards
  • EU trade policy in the twenty-first century
  • Trade wars - what is at stake?
  • Trade and human rights - challenges and opportunities for liberals 
  • Liberal perspective on international trade 
  • International trade - current developments and the case of the WTO
  • Normative Power EU and international trade
  • Communicating international trade : how do we explain trade deals better.
Please write on perspectives related to these topics because this workshop will include sessions with experts on the different topics, as well as contributions from the participants themselves. The participants will be required to draft a paper of minimum 750 and maximum 1000 words on the topic when applying for the workshop. The essays will be presented during the event and will later be part of a publication. Participants are chosen according to the quality of their papers.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Fill in the form on LYMEC’s website (only valid for LYMEC Member Organisations and Individual Members of LYMEC; members of ELF organisations and ALDE Party individual members should contact their respective offices) and send your essay in Word file to [email protected]. There are no participation fees. Participants will have food and accommodation covered during the seminar. Travels will be reimbursed up to 135 euro/person (after all travel documents and a reimbursement form have been sent to the LYMEC office). Travels are reimbursed only if participating fully in the event. Participants must be 18 years or older. Please note that you have to be logged in to register for the event. Individual members can register themselves, members of member organisations have to be registered by their International Officer. Deadline for applications was Monday, 27 January 2020 at 16 h Brussels time (CET). Only registrations accompanied by a paper sent to [email protected] by the deadline for registrations will be considered. Do not book any travels before receiving an official confirmation from the LYMEC office that your application has been accepted. If you experience problems with the registration, please contact [email protected] LYMEC reserves the right to issue a late cancellation fee of up to 75 euros for cancellations later than 2 weeks prior to the event, and a no-show fee of 100 euros for cancellation later than 48 hours prior to the event. All cancellations must be done in writing to [email protected]

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