24 November 2014
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is pleased to welcome Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU's chief negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, for a talk.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and its Member States and the United States. The TTIP was first conceived in November 2011, following a U.S.–EU Summit and the sixth meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council. Leaders requested that the U.S.–EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth identify ‘policies and measures to increase U.S.–EU trade and investment to support mutually beneficial job creation, economic growth, and international competitiveness.’ The High Level Working Group concluded that the development of a comprehensive bilateral trade and investment agreement would provide the most benefits for the parties.
Ignacio Garcia Bercero is a Director in DG Trade of the European Commission. Since 2012 he has been responsible for overseeing the EU Commission’s activities in the fields of Neighbouring countries, US and Canada, as well as being the Chief Negotiator for the EU-India FTA. He coordinated the work of the EU-US High Level Working Group on Growth and Jobs and is the Chief Negotiator for the TTIP negotiations. He has worked at the European Commission since 1987; from 2005 until 2011 he worked in the areas of Sustainable Development, Bilateral Trade Relations (with South Asia, South East Asia, Korea, EuroMed and the Middle East). He was also the Chief Negotiator for the EU-Korea and EU-India Free Trade Agreements.
Before that, he worked in the areas of WTO Dispute Settlement, and Trade Barriers Regulation. In the period leading to the launch of the Doha Round negotiations, he was working on overall coordination of WTO Policy and was Chief Negotiator on Trade and Competition. During the Uruguay Round, he followed, inter alia, negotiations on Safeguards, GATT Articles, Functioning of the GATT as well as Trade and Environment. He has also been posted in the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. He has written several papers and publications on Trade Law, the GATT and WTO System, Safeguard Measures, Trade and Competition, the reform of the DSU and Dispute Settlement in European FTAs. Mr Garcia Bercero has a Law Degree from the Law Faculty of Universidad Complutense in Madrid and a Master’s of Laws Degree (with Distinction) from University College, London.
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