Webinar and with Jyrki Katainen European Commission ex-Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (2014–2019), 8.04.2021, 16:00

There has been much debate in Europe about the content, value and effects of the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), signed between China and the EU, on the eve of the New Year 2021. As of now, the document with annexes is far from being finalized, and even further from being ratified by each of the EU member states. With the new American President in office and prospects of closer transatlantic cooperation in dealing with China, the EU’s CAI negotiations have been put in a different context.

We will be interviewing one of the EU’s negotiators of CAI, Mr. Jyrki Katainen, the former European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (2014–2019). We will ask him to present the EU’s priorities that were paramount at the start of the CAI negotiations with China 7 years ago, and tell us whether these priorities have been achieved. We hope he will also reveal the ups and downs of the negotiation process. We will ask about the importance of CAI in the EU relations with China, and its significance in the process of rebuilding the transatlantic relations. More specifically, we will ponder whether it is possible to achieve an unanimous EU agreement, and why CAI omits the issue of goods and services trade with China.

The meeting will be hosted by Associate Professor Marcin Jacoby, Department of Asian Studies at SWPS University at SWPS University, and Zbigniew Niesiobędzki, Ph.D., President of the Polish-Chinese Business Council – a partner of the ChinaTalk series.

The meeting will be held in English.

The meeting will be live – everyone can ask questions! Participation is free.

Link to the online meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_33BbKFHfe8&ab_…

Date: April 8th, 16.00 CET (GMT+1)

More information: https://www.swps.pl/strefa-zarzadzania/webinari…