Beginning Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:30
End Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:00
Location Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Event fees British Chamber members: €70.00 (incl. VAT)

In May 2014, we will have the chance to shape the future of Europe. In this election, Mr Sturdy will give a keynote speech on the ‘Key priorities in international trade for the ECR ahead of the 2014 elections’ which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.


The ECR firmly believes that free markets and free trade form the basis of global wealth creation and provide an essential framework for enterprise, opportunity and prosperity.

A strong and competitive European market is needed to build up a sustainable future economic growth. To this end, main priorities of the European Conservatives and Reformists are: creating a favourable environment that attracts significant overseas investment, secures outgoing investment in countries globally and is committed to free and fair trade. These goals would be achieved through the reduction of tariffs, subsidies and quotas, and keeping the regulations to a minimum.


In pursuing these objectives, ECR MEPs will continue to push for the EU’s free trade agenda, focussing on the world’s most vibrant economies and continue to work for a multilateral solution to the Doha Development Agenda.

In the light of this statement, the ECR believes that renewed attention should be given to bilateral, plurilateral and regional agreements, particularly with strategic partners and those whose markets are expanding at a significant pace. As a matter of fact, the key priority for the ECR, as committed friends of the USA, is to champion on-going efforts to negotiate an ambitious Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States of America.

Robert Sturdy MEP highlighted the ECR’s priorities in international trade calling for further reduction in non-tariffs barriers globally, allowing European business and consumers to benefit from further free and open trade.

Robert Sturdy was also responsible for writing the report which successfully called for the European Parliament to give its consent to the South Korea FTA, worth billions of euros the EU economy, reducing costs for consumers on a whole range of goods.



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