TTIP: Setting Global Standards? – University of Copenhagen

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States is not only the world’s most significant trade agreement, but also one of the most controversial. Its advocates speak of the growth and jobs that will be generated, while critics fear that social and environmental standards will be diluted. This roundtable brings together key players from the TTIP debate in Denmark and reflects on the merits and demerits of further liberalizing transatlantic trade.

The panel brought together perspectives from both practitioners and academics as well as from those that are more in favour of the trade deal (such as business groups and the Commission) and those who have voiced more critical views (such as consumer groups).


Jens Ladefoged Mortensen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

Peter Bay Kirkegaard, Senior Advisor on Trade Policy,
Confederation of Danish Industries
Gabriel Siles-Brügge, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester
& Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
Vagn Jelsøe, Deputy Executive Director,
Danish Consumer Council, Copenhagen

Torbjorn Olausson, Economic Counsellor,
European Commission Office in Copenhagen

The chair provided an introduction, followed by 10-15 mins presentations from the panelists and then a Q&A from the floor.