WTO Reform: New Leadership, New Hope?

21 April 2021 | 14.00 – 15.30 (CET)  | ​Hybrid (Residence Palace + Zoom webinar)


The need for reform within the WTO goes without saying. From criticism concerning its undemocratic decision making and de facto suspension of the dispute settlement procedure to its inability to deal with imbalances stemming from state subsidies or market access – there are many things to fix.

The new US administration with its pro-multilateralism offers some renewed hope as does the new leadership by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and African at the top of the organisation.

So, what can we expect from the new US administration? And how does the EU’s concept of “open strategic autonomy” fit into the reform agenda? Can the WTO be resuscitated, or do we need a WTO 2.0?


Welcome remarks by Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum 

Speakers include: 

Galina KolevProfessor and Trade expert, German Economic Institute  
Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, DG Trade, European Commission  
Barry Andrews, MEP, Renew Europe Group 
Cristina Falcone, Vice President of Public Affairs, UPS Europe & Board Member
of American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
Moderated by Sandra Parthie, Head of European Affairs, German Economic Institute  


A roundtable organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) and the German Economic Institute (IW). Co-funded by the European Parliament. These views expressed during this event do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum or German Economic Institute.


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