from 1 June and China Meeting
The European Commission is currently preparing a new communication to
the Council on “a strategy for EU trade and economic
with China”. In preparation it is conducting a survey on public opinion regarding
The following meeting on China is
scheduled for 7.7.06, and SERI member Thomas Ruddy is planning
Eivind Hoff fromWWF EPO Brussels presented their answers
to the survey,
and called for a Sustainability Opportunities
Assessment (other papers of theirs).
Thomas Ruddy from SERI
endorsed WWF's answers, asking for
clarification of DG Trade's role in investment issues. The resource
efficiency of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is said to be high on the
Chinese agenda. He also asked whether a Commission-wide Impact
Assessment (IA) would be required for new China negotiations. Rupert
Schlegelmilch from DG Trade replied that there was an old agreement
1985, but that any new regional agreement would naturally be subject to
the Commission-wide IA process.
Ruddy also raised questions of energy security, freedom of expression,
about which later the European Broadcasting Union also spoke, and a new
official Chinese policy on the circular economy. The two Chinese
institutions involved are the National
Development and Reform
Commission (NRDC) and
DG Trade is collaborating with colleagues from External Relations (DG
RelEx), which offers an overview
(works best with MS IE) and is preparing a paper on China. A
research group with the
Chinese may be set up.
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