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Assessing the Europe-U.S. Trade Deal, Mar. 26

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The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will present “Europe/U.S. Trade Deal: Promise and Reality,” with a panel of stakeholders and analysts from the AFL-CIO, American Farm Bureau Association, and the European Center for Political Economy assessing the agreement’s promise of a more productive transatlantic relationship that resolves embedded commercial issues, transcends decades of mutual distrust, and creates a new solidarity of purpose.

The Georgetown on the Hill Series brings the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s work to Capitol Hill for tutorials on issues that are gaining visibility in Congress. These events foster collaboration and dialogue between academics and policy-makers crafting legislation.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
12-1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.

The Rayburn House Office Building
Room B-318
Washington, DC

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Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

After a year of deliberation, European Union and the U.S. leaders have agreed to start a negotiation to expand a market that now accounts for half of global GDP and 30 percent of trade but is challenged by faster-growing economies, mainly in Asia.

But solving some of the really vexing problems in E.U./U.S. relations – agriculture subsidies and market access, deep differences in financial and food safety regulation, Europe’s determination to strengthen personal privacy protection, Europe’s block on U.S. cultural content, and deeply entrenched U.S. maritime protectionism – will demand a strength of political determination that many on both sides of the Atlantic doubt can be summoned.

The panel discussion will feature:
John Herrmann, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLC, and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Trade, National Security Council
Thea Mei Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director & Chief International Economist, AFL-CIO
Dave Salmonsen, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Michael Smart, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors, LLC, and former International Trade Counsel, Senate Committee on Finance

Moderator: Bob Vastine, Senior Industry Fellow, The Center for Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University

Follow the discussion on Twitter, #gcbpptrade

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic, non-partisan research center whose mission is to engage scholars, business people and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to impact key business, economic and public policy issues confronting American and international businesses today. Housed at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Center was created in 2002 to encourage thoughtful discussion and to document and disseminate knowledge on a range of issues in the public interest. Learn more at Follow on Twitter @GeorgetownCBPP

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.