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Herman van Rompuy to give a speech at the Panel Discussion of the Gaidar Forum

On January 13, 2017, Herman Van Rompuy, President, the European Policy Centre; President, the European Council (2009-2014); Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009) shall deliver a speech.

Will Herman Van Rompuy take part in the Panel Discussion Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok: A Dream or Reality? The panelists will be Esko Aho, Executive Chairman of the Board, the East Office of Finnish Industries, Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995); Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach, EU Commissioner (1995-2004); and others.

The speakers will discuss contradictions between the national interest and globalization, which intensified at the end of 2016. TTP and TTIP projects may not be implemented. The update of the national economies growth drivers (GDP growth) and adjustment of the trade and economic integration benchmarks are especially acute. At the same time, the long-standing trade-economic relations of states from Lisbon to Vladivostok are stable and mutually beneficial.

The political people of the Forum shall include: Giuliano Amato, Italian politician and socialist; Kevin Rudd, Twice Prime Minister of Australia; Tarja Halonen, Finland's first female President.

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