Conference programme – TTIP: Romania’s Voice / 16 October 2015

 TTIP: Romania’s Voice / Conference programme

 16 October 2015 /  JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel


09:00- 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee
10:00- 12:30  Opening Session

Transatlantic Partnership: Facing the West’s Competitiveness Challenge 

Why do we, as Europe, as the Atlantic region, need the TTIP? What are the challenges of Western economic competitiveness in a world that is tougher and more competitive than ever? What is the geopolitical relevance of TTIP? What are, on the other hand, the things that we cannot give up from a social, environmental or public services point of view? How does this global perspective resonate with Romania’s role and position, those of its elites, of Romanian society and, in particular for today’s discussion, those of the Romanian economy?

  10:00- 10:10 Introductory Remarks:  Sorin Moisă, MEP
10:10- 10:30 Opening Address: Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
10:30- 10:50 Keynote Speech: Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner
10:50- 11:10 H.E. Anthony Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU
11:10- 11:30 Dumitru Costin, President, National Trade Union Bloc
11:30- 11:45 Chris Barton, Director, International Affairs, Trade Policy & Export Control, UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
11:45- 12:00 Daniela Nemoianu, President, Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce in Romania
12:00- 12:30 Q & A
12:30- 13:30 Lunch break
12:30- 13:30 Press Conference [Handing Over of Results of National Consultation by MEP Sorin Moisă to Commissioner Malmström]

Venue: Galaţi Room

13:30- 15:00 Panel I

Industry and Agriculture: Deliverables for the EU and Romania

In which sectors is Romanian industry facing high, protectionist tariffs that hinder its access to the US market? What are the restrictions encountered by Romanian farming businesses when entering or attempting to enter the US market? What is the position on TTIP of European farmers, in general? Romania is a small great power in the automotive sector: under which conditions can TTIP help this sector grow further? What are the big trends in the field of industrial exports in Romania? What type of role play multinational companies in the Romanian industry? Are there still any barriers or restrictions to high level American technology imports to Romania?

Key results of National Consultation introduced by MEP Sorin Moisă

13:35- 13:55 Keynote Presentation:  Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, EU Chief Negotiator
13:55- 14:10 Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA-COGECA
14:10- 14:20 Andrew McCall, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Ford of Europe
14:20- 14:30 Corneliu Bodea, Vice President, Adrem Invest
14:30- 14:40 Jean Valvis, President, Valvis Holding
14:40- 15:00 Q & A
15:00- 16:15 Panel II

Cheap or Clean? The Energy Conundrum

The European Union has expensive energy, the United States have cheap energy. The European Union has an explicit carbon price and thinks of ways they could rise. The United States, under the Obama administration, have introduced more stringent standards that indirectly generate a cost of carbon emissions. The latter, however, do not have an explicit, generalised price, and certainly no dedicated market. The price of carbon emissions is reflected as a cost in the energy price and, thereby, in the cost structure of energy intensive industries. Under these conditions, if TTIP helps removing all remaining tariff protections, which still support European energy intensive industries and are still slightly higher in the EU’s case than in that of the US, doesn’t EU risk a new wave of deindustrialization? What are the solutions?

Key results of National Consultation introduced by MEP Sorin Moisă

15:05- 15:20 Keynote Presentation:  Vasile Iuga,  PwC, South East Europe Cluster Leader
15:20- 15:30 Răzvan Nicolescu, Chair of the Administrative Board, EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
15:30- 15:40 Mihai Aniţei, Director General, Azomureş
15:40- 15:50 Mihaela Urzică, Director, Strategy, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, OMV Petrom
15:50- 16:00 Marian Năstase, Chair of the Administrative Board, ALRO
16:00- 16:15 Q & A
16:15- 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30- 17:45 Panel III

A World of Opportunity: Romanian Services Exports

What is the role of services in the transatlantic economy and what are the long-term trends in this sector? What are the features of Romanian services exports? What are the barriers to Romanian and European exports of services to the US? Is Romania interested in data localisation, preferred by some states, and a topic for the TTIP? Can Romania make the great leap from outsourcing to product in IT&C, and how can TTIP help? Or are many of these discussions obsolete in the context of revolutionary technologies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, which change the very way we think about the Internet?

Key results of National Consultation introduced by Moderator

16:35- 16:50 Introductory Presentation: Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist, DG Trade, European Commission
16:50- 17:05 Sorin Mîndruţescu, Country Manager & Central and Eastern Europe PaaS Leader, Oracle Romania
17:05- 17:20 Science Fiction or Huge Opportunity: Mihai Alisie, Co- Founder, Ethereum Project
17:20- 17:30 Gabriel Comănescu, CEO, Petroleum Services Group (GSP)
17:30- 17:45 Q & A
17:45- 18:00 Closing remarks