Agenda

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

08:30-09:00

Participant registration and welcome coffee

Press conference

09:00-09:40

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

Rodrigo Yáñez, Director General for International Economic Relations (DIRECON)
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 are its achievements?

Marco Antonio Díaz Muñoz, Regional Mayor of Antofagasta
From a regional perspective, what have been the main achievements and challenges of the Association Agreement?

09:40-10:00

Questions and answers

10:00-10:40

Fifteen years of success – benefits and new opportunities

Rodrigo Yañez, Director General for International Economic Relations (DIRECON)
What was achieved by the Agreement during the past 15 years and why, with an added focus on the new topics included in the negotiation, such as Trade and SMEs, Sustainable Development and Trade and Gender

René Ruidíaz, Counselor, Head of European Union Unit, Directorate of European Affairs of the 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

11:00-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30-12:10

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

Melissa Gajardo, SubDirectora Regional ProChile Antofagasta

Oscar Andujar, Director de Hoteles NH Chile

Ximena Guerra, Coordinadora regional del proyecto Asocia 2030, Sociedad Civil Protagonista

Roberto Cifuentes, General Manager, G-Process

Moderator: Pablo Castillo, Director of the Regional Unit for International Affairs, Government of Antofagasta

12:10-12:30

Questions and answers

12:30-14:30

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

14:30-15:00

Concluding remarks and closing act

Rodrigo Yáñez, Director General for International Economic Relations (DIRECON)

Stella Zervoudaki, Ambassador – Head of the European Union Delegation

15:00 – 17:00

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.

Uli Wienrich, Head of the Economic and Trade Department of the EU Delegation

Marcela Rubio, DIRECON’s Department of Certification of Origin

Tucapel Jimenez, ProChile’s European Department

Moderación: Hugo Baierlein, Gerente General de Baierlein Consulting SpA, consultora en comercio exterior