EVENT: Enhancing the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Reducing Regulatory Barriers

EU and US flags
November 19th - 20th

On November 19 - 20, the GW Regulatory Studies Center hosted a two-day conference on Enhancing the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Reducing Regulatory Barriers, bringing together EU and US policy officials, regulatory experts, and stakeholders to explore challenges to, and opportunities for, greater transatlantic regulatory cooperation. The event lineup featured many prominent voices from the OECD, EU, and U.S. on regulatory process and the transatlantic partnership, including Ambassador David O'Sullivan, chief TTIP negotiator Daniel Mullaney, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section of the EU Delegation Damien Levie, and a keynote speech by Senator Rob Portman.

To continue the conversation, many of the speakers have written short essays summarizing their remarks. Over the next few weeks, the GW Regulatory Studies Center will post these essays on the conference website, and many are linked to in the agenda below.

Agenda here

Enhancing the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Reducing Regulatory Barriers*

Wednesday, November 19

Welcome

  • Susan Dudley, Director, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • David O'Sullivan, Ambassador to the United States from the European Union

Session 1: TTIP Overview

  • Daniel Mullaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, Chief TTIP negotiator
  • Damien Levie, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC

Session 2: Achieving Regulatory Policy Objectives: An Overview and Comparison of U.S. and EU Procedures

Session 3: Role of Legislatures & Courts

Session 4: Role of ex ante Regulatory Impact Analysis & ex post Regulatory Evaluation

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, General Electric Company (Moderator)
  • Dominic Mancini, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Joseph Aldy, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Elizabeth Golberg, External Institutional Relations, Secretariat General, European Commission
  • Céline Kauffmann, OECD Regulatory Policy Division

Session 5: Stakeholder Consultation

  • Reeve Bull, Administrative Conference of the United States (Moderator)
  • Greg Skelton, American Chemistry Council
  • Anna Fielder, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
  • Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America
  • Lena Perenius, The European Chemical Industry Council
  • Alex Hunt, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Elizabeth Golberg, External Institutional Relations, Secretariat General, European Commission

Thursday, November 20

Keynote Breakfast

  • Senator Rob Portman

Session 6: Lessons and Experiences in Regulatory and Trade Cooperation

  • John Morall, former branch chief, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (Moderator)
  • Neil Eisner, Consultant, former Assistant General Counsel, U.S Department of Transportation  
  • Donald Abelson, former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
  • Celine Kauffman, OECD Regulatory Policy Division

Session 7: Risk Assessment, Management, & Communication

  • Jeff Weiss, U.S. Department of Commerce (Moderator)
  • George Gray, The George Washington University School of Public Health
  • Ragnar Lofstedt, Kings College, London
  • Geoffrey Podger, former Chief Executive of the UK Food Standards Agency and Director of the European Food Safety Authority
  • Jonathan Wiener, Duke University

Concluding Remarks

  • Concluding Remarks & Discussion of Next Steps



* This project is funded in part by the European Union

We appreciate support from the following sponsors: