13/02/2014 at 14:30
Where: Charlemagne building, Brussels
Topic: Business | Economy, finance, tax and competition | External relations and foreign affairs
Organiser: European Commission
The purpose of this meeting is to debrief and exchange views with civil society on the state of play of EU trade and investment relations with China.
The European Union and China are two of the biggest traders in the world. China is now the EU's second trading partner behind the United States and the EU is China's biggest trading partner.
The EU is committed to open trading relations with China. However, it also wants to ensure that China trades fairly, respects intellectual property rights and meets its WTO obligations.
A comprehensive EU-China investment agreement will benefit both the EU and China by ensuring that markets are open to investment in both directions. It will also provide a secure, predictable and simpler legal framework to investors in the long term. The first round of negotiations for an EU-China investment agreement took place in Beijing from 21 to 23 January 2014.
Mr Leopoldo Rubinacci, Head of the Unit for Trade and Investment, Directorate-General for Trade
Mr Antonio Parenti, Deputy Head of the Unit for Trade Relations with the Far East, Directorate-General for Trade
Ms Montserrat Gago, Coordinator relations with civil society, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade
1. Update on the state of play of EU-China trade and investment relations.
3. Open discussion with stakeholders.