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Chinese FDI in Europe’s energy sector: Blessing or threat?

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 - 12:00 to Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome (floor -1)
IES Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies kindly invites you to a policy forum on 'Chienese FDI in Europe's Energy Sector: Blessing or Threat?" on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 at 12:00 until 14:00.

At the 16th EU-China Summit held in November 2013 both sides announced the launch of negotiations of a comprehensive EU-China Investment Agreement, which has the goal of providing for progressive liberalisation of investment, the elimination of restrictions and a level playing field for investors in each other's market. This initiative comes at a time of economic challenges for both sides. The first round of negotiations took place in Beijing on 21-23 January 2014, and recently the EU and China reaffirmed their commitment to finalise negotiations as early as possible. Both sides stressed the crucial importance of their trade and investment relationship.

With this policy forum we thus want to raise a number of questions about the future of Chinese investments in Europe:

  • How have Chinese investment activities in Europe developed?
  • What drives these investments, and what are their prospects?
  • Which countries and sectors do they go to?
  • What role does the energy sector play?
  • Do Chinese investments in Europe’s energy sector affect Europe’s sustainability agenda?

The expert panel will consist of the following speakers:

  • Alexandra Koutoglidou, European, Investment negotiator, European Commission, DG Trade, Investment Unit
  • Duncan Freeman, Research Fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies
  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Weil, Head of China relations Vesalius College, Academic Director Antwerp Management School

More information about the event can be found on the IES website.

The policy forum will take place from 12:00 - 14:00 at the premises of the Institute for European Studies. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. If you wish to attend the Policy Forum, please register by filling in the online form.