Free trade, neoliberalism and alternatives

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Thursday 24th – 9-11 / 11.15-13.15 / 14:15-16:15
English, Spanish, French
 Amphi 630  Introductory

Neoliberal strategies are based on free trade. It is both the ideology underpinning and concrete vector to promote the interests of transnational companies. New generation draft free trade agreements are increasingly appearing: CETA, TAFTA, TiSA, EU agreements with Japan, Mexico, Singapore, etc. not to mention asymmetric agreements such as the EPAs. These agreements give an institutional carte blanche to transnational companies to turn the world into their playground. After several decades of neoliberalism, is the structural expansion of free trade slowing or even regressing due to developments such as Brexit, the election of Trump and international tension or should these events be interpreted as undesirable side effects? Could this affect the European Union or will it persevere with its pro-free trade policy and thus dismantle the social acquis and become increasingly environmentally irresponsible. How could we oppose such an approach?

Speakers

-* Aurélie Trouvé (Attac) ;
  • Roos van Os (SOMO) ;
  • Nick Daerden (GJN) ;
  • Lora Verheecke (CEO) ;
  • Carlos Ventura (Mexico mejor sin TLC) ;
  • Paul de Clerck (FoE) ;
  • Lavinia Steinfort (TNI) ;
  • Elise Monge (Aitec) ;
  • Juliette Renaud (Les Amis de la Terre)

Organisation

  • Attac France,
  • Attac Autriche,
  • Attac Allemagne,
  • Global Justice Now,
  • Aitec,
  • Corporate Europe Observatory,
  • S2B,
  • SOMO,
  • Friends Of The Earth
  • TNI