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What Next for Multilateral Trade?

  • Metropolitan Club, Anderson Room 1700 H Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

What Next for Multilateral Trade? 

Jun 10, 2016 Event Time: 10:30AM-12PM

Metropolitan Club Anderson Room 1700 H Street, NW

On Friday, June 10th, The European Institute will host a special meeting with The Honorable Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the future of multilateral trade. In the wake of the failed Doha Round, the global trading system has accelerated its transition to mega-regional trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). At their core, these efforts are centered on establishing global norms and eliminating trade barriers, just as new economies come into their own and play a increasingly important role in the world’s economy. On both sides of the Atlantic, however, regional trade deals are losing their public lustre, and public opinion, whipped up by nativism and political opportunism, has grown increasingly cool to multinational agreements. So what lies ahead for the complex “new world” of international trade?

The meeting will be held at the Metropolitan Club located at 1700 H Street, NW from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.  Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP to  I certainly hope that you will be able to join us for this important and timely discussion.

About the Speaker: The Honorable Matthias Fekl has held his current position since September of 2014.  He was elected to the French National Assembly in 2012, representing the Aquitaine region.  Before entering the National Assembly, he held local and regional offices in Aquitaine including Regional Councilor and Vice President with responsibility for economic development, employment and businesses and councilor in the town of Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne Department, where he was also Deputy Mayor for Finance.  Concurrently, Mr. Fekl also served as the head of the Private Office of Mr. Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the Socialist Party in the French Senate, before becoming Advisor to the President of the Senate until 2012.  Mr. Fekl is a graduate of Sciences Po, as well as an alumnus of École Normale Supérieure (ENS), in Arts and Humanities, and of the French National School of Public Administration (ENA).

For more information contact: Natalie Fahey (202) 895-1670 or