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Advisory For Friday, March 15: Experts to Discuss U.S.-European Union Trade Relations

Experts to discuss practical issues for U.S.-European Union business relationships and the impact of the Euro

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WHAT: Experts from E.U. member states, prominent businesses and international scholars will gather to discuss practical issues for U.S.-European Union business relationships and the impact of the Euro at a half-day conference at UCLA, sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies and the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach
WHO: Keynote speaker: Michael Calingaert, executive director, Council for the United States and Italy, visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, on the present state of, and future prospects for, US-EU trade relations, taking into account relevant developments on the two sides of the Atlantic. Also:

  • Manu Virtamo, Minister Counselor, Economic Section, Embassy of Finland
  • Philippe Tartavull, CEO, Oberthur Card Systems
  • Cecilia Julin, Minister Counselor of Trade and Economics, Embassy of Sweden
  • Jac W. Aarts, EU Fellow, USC, Head of the Steel Division in DG Industry for the European Commission
  • Jerry Razee, Vice President, Foreign Exchange Advisor, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Josef Beck, Deputy Consul General. German Consulate, Los Angeles
  • Madeline Grant, RAM International Consulting Group

WHEN: 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15

WHERE: Hacienda Room, Faculty Center, UCLA

BACKGROUND: The U.S.-E.U. trade relationship is among the most important in the world. Not less than 24 percent of E.U. exports come to the U.S., while U.S. products account for more than 20 percent of E.U. imports. California alone, the world's fifth largest economy, exports more than 21 percent of its products to the European Union. The E.U. is California's number one trading partner and source of foreign investment. Moderators: Ron Rogowski, professor of political science, UCLA;  Alexander Kramer, executive vice president, Trade Development World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jean Roth, UCLA International Studies, (310) 794-5081.
 Parking will be available in Lot 2; reservations are required. Permit must be picked up at kiosk off Hilgard Boulevard.



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