[Blueboard] Erratum: Talk on EU and the Philippines: Reaching our Potential?

Kai Lopez cslopez at ateneo.edu
Mon Feb 15 12:08:20 PHT 2016

In celebration of the 25 years of EU-Philippine partnership, the European
Studies Program of Ateneo de Manila University and the Delegation of the
European Union to the Philippines invite you to EU Lecture Series #3

*EU and the Philippines: Reaching our Potential?*

to be given by:

*Mr. Walter van Hattum*
Head of Economic and Trade Section
Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

*Tuesday, 16 February 2016*
5:00 -6:30 pm, SEC Lecture Hall 3

While relations between the EU and the Philippines are strong and growing,
there seems a lot of room to take more advantage of each other's economies.
The EU is the largest market in the world and the Philippines is one of the
fastest growing countries in the region with a keen interest to attract
more investment and trade from and with the European Union.

This presentation will address the most recent issues of the commercial
relationship and then look at the recently published EU trade strategy
("Trade for All") and how it can benefit our relationship. It will then
consider the current trade policy options of the EU and the Philippines,
including the "GSP+" (Generalised Scheme of Preferences Special Incentive
Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance) and a possible
Free Trade Agreement. The recently concluded FTA between the EU and Vietnam
will be shown as an example of an ambitious FTA the EU is negotiating these

The EU is interested in having a close interaction with various
stakeholders on trade policy and students are explicitly invited to bring
any questions or comments they might have on the topic.

*ABOUT THE SPEAKER:*Since 2013, Walter van Hattum is heading the Trade and
Economic Section of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, responsible for
managing trade relations between the EU and the Philippines. Before this,
he has been posted in Thailand (2001-2002) and Indonesia (2009-2013) and
lived and worked in Cuba and Nigeria.

Walter van Hattum holds MAs in Political Economy and Development as well as
an MBA (Heriot-Watt). Before joining the European Commission in 2004 where
he has been working on research, trade and humanitarian aid, he worked for
Oxfam Novib, the International Labour Organization and as a diplomat for
the Dutch Foreign Service in areas of trade and development

Caissa C. Lopez
Office Staff
European Studies Program
4266001 loc 5238
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