TTIP from a Liberal Perspective
The European Liberal Forum invited atlantic-community.org's editor Jörg Wolf to Helsinki to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He argued that TTIP is more important for geo-strategic than for economic reasons. A modest TTIP agreement that gets ratified soon is better than long negotiations for a comprehensive agreement that might never get ratified. More information and transparency will not convince TTIP opponents to change their mind.
The European Liberal Forum, with the support of Svenska Bildningsförbundet, and together with The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Fores organized the event "TTIP - an opportunity or a threat?" on November 27, 2015.
- Mr Carl Haglund, member of the Finnish Parliament and Party President of SFP
- Professor Karl-Heinz Paqué, Vice Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Dean, Faculty of Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
- Mr Nils Torvalds, Member of the European Parliament (SFP)
- Ms Susan Elbow, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Helsinki
- Mr Jufo Peltomaa, Start-up entrepreneur, Finland
- Ms Johanna Jacobsson, Trade lawyer and researcher at the European University Institute
- Mr Jörg Wolf, Editor-in-Chief, Atlantic Community, Germany
Moderator: Mr Mats Löfström, member of the Finnish Parliament (Swedish Parliamentary Group)
Please watch the three hours video for the interesting welcome address by Mr. Haglund, the opening statements from the six speakers, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Löfström on the state of the TTIP negotiations, the stakes involved, and the hopes and fears.
Svenska Bildningsförbundet also provides a written summary of the discussions by Jaan Siitonen and Andreas Elfving.
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