Debating Europe "For a just EU investment policy"

23 December 2011
Multi-media

Watch the heated debate among representatives from the European Commission, the Belgium government and civil society on the issue of EU Investment policy.

The agenda of Investment issues has currently acquired a high political profile in the Europe Union (EU), where under the Lisbon Treaty, competency for investment shifted from the member states to the EU level. Investment is increasingly promoted as a development tool by the EU and its member states. At the same time, there is a growing international recognition that business activities, in particular those of powerful transnational investors, can have serious and far-reaching effects on human rights and sustainable development.

For two hours, a heated debate took place among panellists who discussed the current EU investment policy as well as alternatives policy proposals to the current Member States Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) model. A well-informed audience also raised questions on key issues of concerns such as the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism and the fact that EU BITs do not provide enough policy space for countries to regulate in public interest.

PANELLISTS:

• Mr Leopoldo Rubinacci, Head of Unit, Services and investment (B1), DG Trade, European Commission

• Mr. Pascal Buffin, Belgian representative in the Trade Policy Committee, European Council

• Mr. Marc Maes, 11.11.11

MODERATOR

• Juliane von Reppert Bismarck, EU trade correspondent, Reuters

 
 

The Debate started with initial short presentations from each panellist.

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- 05:27 - Mr. Marc Maes, 11.11.11

- 12:50 - Mr Leopoldo Rubinacci, European Commission

- 22:31 - Mr. Pascal Buffin, Belgian representative, European Council

 
 

The Debate continued with responses from panellists and questions from the floor.

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00:00 - Mr Rubinacci replying to comments
07:48 - Mr. Buffin replying to comments
09:43 - Marc Maes replying to comments
13:07 - Questions from the floor: Leena Menghaney (India)
15:35 - Questions from the floor: Burghard Ilge (Netherlands)
18:55 - Mr Rubinacci responding to questions
25:53 - Mr. Buffin responding to questions
30:37 - Marc Maes responding to other panellists
33:06 - Questions from the floor: Rangarirai Machemedze (Zimbawe)
35:07 - Questions from the floor: Alberto Arroyo (Mexico)
 
 

The Debate continued with more questions from the floor and responses from Mr Rubinacci and Mr Buffin.

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00:00 - Questions from the floor: Alberto Arroyo (Mexico)
01:08 - Questions from the floor: Pierre-Yves Serinet (Canada)
05:40 - Mr Rubinacci responding to questions
13:13 - Mr. Buffin responding to questions
18:22 - Questions from the floor: Nathalie Bernasconi (Switzerland)
23:10 - Questions from the floor: Gus Van Harten (Canada)
26:07 - Mr Rubinacci responding to questions
31:36 - Mr. Buffin responding to questions

 
 

The Debate ended with some last questions from the floor and final remarks from Mr Rubinacci and Mr Buffin.

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00:00 - Exchange between Cecilia Olivet and Mr. Buffin on the right of government to regulate.
04:42 - Questions from the floor: Dot Keet (South Africa)
07:03 - Questions from the floor: Saul Baños (El Salvador)
09:23 - Questions from the floor: Manuel Perez Rocha (Mexico)
11:36 - Questions from the floor: Joseph Purugganan (Philippines)
15:23 - Mr Rubinacci responding to questions and final remarks
26:22 - Mr. Buffin responding to questions and final remarks

 

Produced in the framework of the EU funded project Just Trade (www.just-trade.org). The Project advocates for greater policy coherence between EU development and trade policy, with a view to promote equitable and sustainable development.