The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Honorary President at Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute
Business journalist at TIME magazine
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm
Consulate General of France
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Under negotiation for over a year, the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement project between the European Union and the United States. If successful, this project will establish the largest free-exchange zone in History and will have significant impact on the daily life of European and American citizens.
Over the course of five years as European Trade Commissioner and eight years spent at the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy was a privileged witness of the trade and economic changes experienced in the European Union and the rest of the world. In conversation with Bill Saporito, a business journalist for TIME magazine, Pascal Lamy gave us his insights on the upcoming agreement as well as the challenges that globalization represents for France, Europe and the United States.
Pascal Lamy served as Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, from 1981 to 1984, and as Deputy Director in the cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy, for two years. He has also occupied prominent positions within European institutions, as Chief of Staff for Jacques Delors, then President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1994, and, after 5 years as CEO of Credit Lyonnais before its privatization, as European Commissioner for Trade from 1999 to 2004. In 2005, Pascal Lamy became General Director of the WTO, and held this position for two mandates, through August 2013. Today, among other positions, he is Honorary President of the think-tank Notre Europe- Jacques Delors Institute, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and Chair of the UNWTO Ethical Committee. His latest publications are: : “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014)
Bill Saporito is Assistant Managing Editor at TIME magazine, which he joined in 1996, after being a member of the executive committee of Fortune magazine. Specializing in economic and industrial issues, he has been in charge of the magazine coverage during the financial crisis of 2008. He has also significantly expanded the network of TIME correspondents around the world and has contributed, as Editor-in-Chief, to two editions of Time: Person of the Year.
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