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Press Release - 26 October 2007

Conference organised at University to mark 50th anniversary of European Union

The effect of the European Union’s trade policy on businesses in the west of England will be explored at a conference organised at the University of Bath to mark the 50th anniversary of the EU.

The event, on 14 November, is entitled: ‘Trade policy: the most effective EU foreign policy?’ and is part of the Explaining Europe@50 series of events held across the EU.

The speakers include John Clarke, EU Commission Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, and Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Around 100 guests will attend, 50 from the University and 50 from the general public. Those wishing to come should contact the conference organiser Dr Gian Luca Gardini.

“The debate about the EU’s relations with the rest of the world has centred on the potential and the weakness of its foreign policy,” said Dr Gardini, of the University’s Department of European Studies and Modern Languages and Deputy Director of The European Research Institute.

“But this ignores its very successful and effective trade policies which have a profound effect on the economies of its member states.

“This conference will look at that policy and the effect that it has had and will have on the economy of this region.”

Other speakers include Reijo Kempinnen, Representative of European Commission in the UK, and Dirk Vantyghem, Director of International Affairs, EuroChambres.

The conference will examine questions including:

• how does the situation in the south west of England compare to other regions of the EU?
• has the EU common trade policy been effective in the World Trade Organisations negotiations?
• can EU trade policy be considered part of the broader EU foreign policy?

The conference runs from 2-30pm to 6pm in Room 3.1 in the 2East building on the Claverton campus.

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