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European Chamber President speaks before a European Parliament Hearing

On 22nd January 2015, European Chamber President Jörg Wuttke had the honour of speaking to the European Parliament at a public hearing of its ‘Committee on International Trade’—a first for a President of the European Chamber.

For a full 40 minutes, President Wuttke provided the European Parliament with the Chamber’s assessment of China. President Wuttke informed the European Parliament on European business sentiment in China, the market access barriers that European companies face, and the expectations of European business for a comprehensive EU-China Bilateral Investment Agreement.

The European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) holds responsibility for the European Union’s common commercial policy and all of the EU’s external economic relations including its relations with the World Trade Organisation. As per the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Parliament is a co-legislator for the EU’s common commercial policy and ratifies all of the EU’s trade agreements—it would thus also ratify any potential EU-China Bilateral Investment Agreement.

To see the video of President Wuttke’s speech at INTA’s public hearing, please click here.