Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The European Union: An Attractive Economic Partner?

28 November 2014 - 9:45am to 3:15pm

Chatham House, London


Paola Subacchi, Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House
Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Director, London Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 
Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Michael Dembinski, Chief Adviser, British–Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC)
Fabrizio Onida, Professor Emeritus, International Economics, Bocconi University
Jun Arima, Director General, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) London 
Edouard Bourcieu, Deputy Head of Unit, Trade Strategy, Directorate General Trade, European Commission



The economic and financial crisis has challenged the idea of the EU as a solid economic area and trading partner. This event will discuss the EU’s role and economic attractiveness in a changing global scenario. It will consider how non-EU countries perceive the EU, whether it is still considered a preferred trading partner, despite the problems its economy and institutions are facing.

In light of the several FTAs and economic agreements recently signed by the EU, and more being negotiated with both developed and developing countries, the event will examine whether non-EU countries are interested in entering the EU market in order to access individual European markets or the single market as a whole, challenging the idea that the EU is perceived as a single entity. Finally, the event will assess the opportunities for the EU to regain its economic attractiveness, such as continuing towards the development of the single market in order to fully harmonize access to the individual markets in member states. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

This event is held in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Great Britain. 

Coffee and light lunch will be served to participants. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.