Agenda

Fourth Conversation: “The Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union – Present and Future”

Martes, 24 de julio 2018
Hotel HD Concepción
Barros Arana 348, Concepción

08:30-09:00

Participant registration and welcome coffee

09:00-09:40

The Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union – present and future

Felipe Lopeandia, Director of Bilateral Economic Affairs and DIRECON’s Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union
Why an Association Agreement between the EU and Chile, and why is it now important to modernize it?

Stella Zervoudaki, Ambassador – Head of the European Union Delegation
What is the Association Agreement with its three pillars, and what have been its main achievements?

 

09:40-10:00

Questions and answers

10:00-10:40

Fifteen years of success – benefits and new opportunities

Felipe Lopeandia, Director of Bilateral Economic Affairs and DIRECON’s Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union
Presentation on the successes of the existing Agreement, and the new topics such as Trade and SMEs, Sustainable Development, Gender and Trade, included in the negotiations.

Alejandra Guerra, Ambassador, Director of the European Department of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Presentation on the achievements in the areas of political dialogue and cooperation, and the new alliances in topics such as climate change, ocean governance and defense.

10:40-11:00

Questions and answers

11:00-11:15

Coffee break- Meet the press – official photo

11:15-11:50

Panel Discussion: Regional perspective – how has the Association Agreement contributed to regional development and how will it continue to do so

Julian Perret, Director, Desarrolla Biobío Corporation, Head of Public Affairs, Zona Biobío Colbún S.A.
Peter Guhl, Director of Orafti Chile S.A.
Jorge Martínez Lagos, General Manager, Empresa Mar de Lagos
Claudio Maggi, Director of Development and Innovation, University of Concepción
Pablo Vilches, Labor expert and National Councilor UNT

Moderator: Tomas Campero, Senior Expert – Panel Discussion’s Coordinator

11:50-12:05

Questions and answers

12:05-12:45

Panel: Association Agreement – vision from a gender perspective

Nicole Verdugo, Head of Gender Department DIRECON
Stella Zervoudaki, Ambassador-Head of the Delegation of the European Union
Nathalie Dubois, Circle of Construction Women

Moderation: Paulina Astroza, Prof. International Law and International Relations, Universidad de Concepción

12:45-13:00

Questions and answers

13:00-13:30

Networking cocktail

13:30-15:00

Business lunch

Spurred by a series of questions to stimulate debate and guide the discussion, attendees are invited during lunch to share their experiences and suggestions for the future of the strategic relationship between Chile and the European Union.

Moderator: Tomas Campero, Senior Expert – Panel Discussion’s Coordinator

15:00-15:30

Concluding remarks and closing act

Stella Zervoudaki, Ambassador – Head of the European Union Delegation
Felipe Lopeandia, DIRECON’s Chief Negotiator for the Association Agreement Chile – European Union

15:30 – 17:30

Workshop for companies: How to export to the European Union

Presentation of the online platform “Trade Helpdesk,” and an opportunity to ask specific questions to an expert in trade affairs and learn about the possibilities offered by the Association Agreement and the new Trade Agreement for Organic Products.

Sophie Behrmann, Economic and Trade Department of the EU Delegation
Andrés Lehuede, European Department, ProChile
Marcela Rubio, DIRECON’s Department of Certification of Origin

Moderator: Hugo Baierlein, General Manager of Baierlein Consulting SpA, a foreign trade consultant