The 2nd China-EU Reform Agenda held in Brussels

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On 16 June 2016, CIRD, together with Center for European Policy Studies, China Public Diplomacy Association and GIZ, held the 2nd China-EU Reform Agenda in Brussels with the theme on China-EU Free Trade Area: Vision, design, reforms, impact and adjustment.  

 

 

 

Chinese experts, including Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Lv Fengding, CIRD President Chi Fulin, Research Fellow of Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation Chen Wenjing, Former Dean of School of Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics Zhang Liqing and Director of NEOMA Business School-Confucius Institute for Business Zhang Haiyan, and foreign experts, including former DG of the WTO and former EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, Officer of Policy Department of European Parliament Roberto Bendini, Senior Fellow of CEPS Jacques Pelkmans, Program Director of GIZ Daniel Taras, CEO of CEPS Karel Lannoo, Research Director of CEPS Daniel Gros, Senior Advisor of EU-Asia Centre John Farnell, Head of International Trade Policy of Foreign Trade Association Pierre Groning, ChinaEU President Luigi Gambardella, and Research Director of Friends of Europe Shada Islam, attended the seminar and had in-depth discussions on relevant issues of establishing a China-EU FTA.  

 

 

  

Lv Fengding, Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association said in the opening speech that research reports of two influential think tanks in China and the EU is undoubtedly a highlight of the seminar. He added that research done by CIRD and CEPS on the realistic demands, basic goals, important areas, and supporting reforms needed for a China-EU FTA from different angles will serve as valuable policy references for governments of the two sides in promoting the establishment of a China-EU FTA.  

 

 

 

CIRD President Chi Fulin made the keynote speech “Complying with the megatrend and striving for a wider landscape”. He pointed out that although China is currently faced with pressure from economic slowdown, new trend, new structure and new engines for economic transformation are emerging, which is creating important and historic opportunities for much wider and deeper economic and trade cooperation between China and the EU. He added that establishing a big market for China-EU cooperation by 2020 will not only have great impacts on China’s economic transformation and EU’s economic recovery as well as sustainable development, but also of great significance to the improvement of global economic governance mechanism. Chi said that if China and the EU can see this issue from the trend of their cooperation and the need to have long and wide vision, they will strengthen their initiative. In this way, it’s possible for an FTA to be signed by 2020.  

Participants of the seminar agreed that deepened research cooperation between think tanks of China and the EU on prioritized areas of a China-EU FTA will provide valuable reference to political decision-making in both China and the EU. 

 

 

 

Participants of the seminar agreed that deepened research cooperation between think tanks of China and the EU on prioritized areas of a China-EU FTA will provide valuable reference to political decision-making in both China and the EU. 

 

  

 

At the seminar, Jacques Pelkmans, senior fellow of CEPS introduced his team’s report “Tomorrow's Silk Road: Assessing an EU-China FTA” and He Dongni, Vice President of CIRD introduced her team’s report “China-EU FTA---A decisive option for deepening China-EU cooperation by 2020”.  

 

 

 

CIRD Vice Presidents He Dongni and Yang Rui respectively chaired session I and session IV of the seminar. Associate Research Fellow of CIRD Wei Wenfeng, Research Director of China Public Diplomacy Association Yao Yao, and Research Fellow of China Public Diplomacy Association also attended the seminar.  

 

  

Chinese Mission to the EU, KamYuan Group, and Hainan Reform and Development Foundation provided support for the seminar.  

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