FORUM ON THE IMPACT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE VISEGRAD COUNTRIES JOINING THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH MERCOSUR

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Cernín Palace

Prague, 23 and 24 April 2002

AGENDA

TUESDAY 23/04/2002

9:15 a.m. FIRST PANEL: POLITICAL AND SECURITY ISSUES

1. Common Foreign and Security Policy
- The International Situation after 11 September 2001.
2. The Political Dialogue between the EU, the Czech Republic and the Visegrad countries.
3. The Political Dialogue between the EU and MERCOSUR (plus Chile and Bolivia)
- The Declaration and Action Programme of Vilamoura.
Panelists (MERCOSUR):
Mr. Rosendo Fraga, President, Centro de Estudios para la Nueva Mayoría
Mr. Hernán Massini Ezcurra, Director, Department of Central and Eastern Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail: hme@mrecic.gov.ar
Panelists (Central Europe):
Mr. Jirí Šedivý, Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: sedivy@iir.cz
Mr. Ivan Jancárek, Director of the Department of the EU and Western Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: euze_sekretariat@mzv.cz
Moderator:
Mr. Vladimír Galuška, Director of the Department of American States, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague, Czech Republic.E-mail: amer_sekretariat@mzv.cz

TUESDAY 23/04/2002 (1st. day: continued)

10:45 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. SECOND PANEL: THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC SPACE

1. The accession of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland (Visegrad Group) to the European Union, including the adjustment of the domestic legislation of the candidates to enter the EU.
2. The consolidation of a single European space.
3. Productive sectors of the candidate countries with higher growth potential due to the accession to the EU. Modification of their productive schemes
×New trade, investment and cooperation trends.
Panelists (Visegrad countries):
Mr. Jaroslav Konecný, Minister-Counsellor, Mission of the Czech Republic to the European Communities, Brussels; E-mail: eu.brussels@mzv.cz
Mr. Mirko Malík, Director General, European Integration Section, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava; E-mail: malik@economy.gov.sk
Mr. Béla Szentmáry, Deputy Director General, First Foreign Economy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary, Budapest. E-mail: bszentmary@kum.hu
Mr. Bernard Blaszczyk, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Prague; E-mail: brh_praga@telecom.cz
Panelists (Europe):
Mr. Tomas Abadia, Principal Administrator, Directorate General of External Relations of the European Commission and Desk Officer for MERCOSUR, Brussels. E-mail: Tomas.Abadia-Vicente@cec.eu.int
Mr. Jaroslav Jakš, Professor, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: jaks@vse.cz
Moderator:
Mr. Jirí Havlík, Director of the Department for Coordination of Relations with the EU, Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Czech Republic. E-mail: s_okeu@mzv.cz

1:15 p.m. Buffet - lunch offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Toskánský Palace, Restaurant Tosca, Prague

2:45 p.m. THIRD PANEL: THE ECONOMIC SPACE OF THE SOUTHERN CONE THE MERCOSUR - EUROPEAN UNION NEGOTIATIONS

1. Mercosur:
(a) Current situation and perspectives.
(b) Strategy for international insertion and external agenda (Chile, Bolivia, FTAA).
Panelists (MERCOSUR):
Mr. Marcos S. Jank, Consultant, Integration, Trade and Hemispheric Issues Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Professor, University of San Pablo, Brazil; E-mail: marcosj@iadb.org

TUESDAY 23/04/2002 (1st. day: continued)

Mr. Ubaldo Centurión Morínigo, Director General, Post Graduate Studies, University of Asunción, Paraguay; E-mail: pgrado@rec.una.py
Mr. Félix Peña, Director, International Trade Institute, Bank of Boston Foundation, and Centre for European Studies, University 3rd. of February, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail: fpena@fbkb.com.ar
Moderator:
Mr. Juan José Taccone, Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB-INTAL). E-mail: juantac@iadb.org

4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:15 p.m. THIRD PANEL (Continued)

Mercosur – EU:
Ongoing negotiations (political, trade, tariffs and non-tariff issues, service government procurement, technical regulations, cooperation issues, etc.);
(b) Bilateral vis à vis multilateral negotiations (the scenario after Doha Summit and the agricultural issue).
Panelists:
Mr. Bruno Belmont, Economic Adviser, Under Secretariat of Trade, Paraguay. E-mail: brunobelmont@hotmail.com
Ms. Ivana Marilia Gurgel, Advisor to the Director General of Latin American Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil. E-mail: ivana@mre.gov.br
Mr. Daniel Polski, Director, American Economic Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina; E-mail: dpd@mrecic.gov.ar
Mr. Tomas Abadia, Principal Administrator, Directorate General of External Relations of the European Commission and Desk Officer for MERCOSUR, Brussels; E-mail: Tomas.Abadia-Vicente@cec.eu.int
Moderator:
Mr. Juan José Taccone, Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB-INTAL). E-mail: juantac@iadb.org

WEDNESDAY 24/04/2002 (2nd. day and Conclusion)

9:15 a.m. FOURTH PANEL: MERCOSUR - VISEGRAD ENTREPRENEURIAL LINKS: FUTURE IN THE EU CONTEXT

1. The interaction potential between the entrepreneurial communities of Mercosur and of Eastern Europe.
2. Mercosur - EU Business Forum and its contribution to the Mercosur-European Union Interregional Association.
3. Business facilitation as a contribution of the private sector to the integration process.
4. Export Promotion and Trade Development in both regions.

WEDNESDAY 24/04/2002 (2nd. day and Conclusion: continued)

Panelists (MERCOSUR):
Mr. Antonio Estrany y Gendre, President of the Inter-American Council on Trade and Production (CICYP), Argentina; E-mail: aegsecretary@interservices.com.ar
Mr. Gonzalo Rodríguez, Consultant, Private Sector, Uruguay. E-mail: grodrigu@aladi.org
Mr. Félix Peña, Director, International Trade Institute, Bank of Boston Foundation, and Centre for European Studies, University 3rd. of February, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail: fpena@fbkb.com.ar
Panelists (Europe):
Mr. Vlastislav Beneš, Entrepreneur, Czech Republic; E-mail: benecu@c-box.cz
Mr. Jan Jeník, Director General, Trade Development and Export Promotion Section, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: mpo@mpo.cz
Mr. Josef Cílek, Chairman and CEO, Technoexport, Prague, Vice-President of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, Member of the Board of Directors, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. E-mail: president@technoexport.cz
Moderator
Mr. Miroslav Okrouhlý, Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: okrouhly@mpo.cz

11:45 a.m. Coffee break

12:00 a.m. FIFTH PANEL: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF COOPERATION

Panelist (MERCOSUR):
Mr. Roberto Bouzas, FLACSO Argentina researcher and member of the MERCOSUR Chair in Science-Po, Paris. E-mail: rbouzas@sinectis.com.ar
Panelist (Central Europe):
Mr. Jaroslav Konecný, Minister-Counsellor, Mission of the Czech Republic to the European Communities, Brussels. E-mail: eu.brussels@mzv.cz Panelist (IDB-INTAL):
Mr. Juan José Taccone, Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB-INTAL). E-mail: juantac@iadb.org

12:40 p.m. Address by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H. E. Mr. Jan Kavan

Moderator:
Ms. Jana Sereghyová, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic. E-mail: sereg@vse.cz

1:15 p.m. Forum closure followed by a "Vin d'honneur" offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Cernín Palace - MFA, Prague.

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