Navigating the future of EU-US Trade relations

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This is an important time for EU-US trade relations given the EU-US Trade and Technology council in late January. On 19 February, we will welcome Cecilia Malmström, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, former European Commissioner for Trade and Trustee of Friends of Europe, for an edition of our event series What the Chiefs Say.

In the context of the upcoming European Parliament and US Presidential elections, this conversation will anticipate the impact of these electoral events on EU-US trade relations. In particular, Cecilia Malmström will consider the EU’s strategy of ‘economic de-risking’ and will examine the role of critical minerals in the future of the transatlantic relationship.

This conversation will address points including:

  • The steps needed on both sides of the Atlantic to improve transparency concerns in the trading relationship.
  • The Transatlantic Initiative on Sustainable Trade (TIST) and joint efforts to support the green transition.
  • Ways in which digitalisation be harnessed to improve EU-US trade.
  • Cooperation (or not) in the World Trade Organization.

‘What the Chiefs Say’ events are informal and off-the-record roundtable debates that offer our members the exclusive opportunity to engage directly with a senior decision-maker from a European institution or government and get to the heart of a specific policy issue. These events are geared to be in tune with the interests of our members and are strategically linked to emerging trends within the EU sphere. Allowing us to identify opportunities and challenges in the European Commission’s agenda, these events discuss the ‘nitty gritty’ of policies affecting Europe in the next years and beyond.

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Cecilia Malmström
Cecilia Malmström

Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, former European commissioner, former Swedish minister and Trustee of Friends of Europe

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Cecilia Malmström is a renowned Swedish politician, who has held various positions at the national and European levels. As the European commissioner for trade, she was responsible for pursuing an ambitious trade agenda to the benefit of European citizens, SMEs and the broader economy, as well as negotiating key bilateral trade agreements, including a comprehensive EU-China investment agreement. Prior to her role at the Commission, Malmström was also the Swedish minister for EU affairs and served as a member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Constitutional Affairs, among others.

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sectors and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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