Industry  |  Events  |  13.10.2011

Facing the dragon: Will China hold the key of the Green economy?

This conference organised by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament discussed the role of China in developing a Green future for the world’s industry. The conference also dealt with the possibilities for cooperation between the EU and China in a sustainable industrial field. A full report will be forthcoming, but in the interim there are video reports from Philippe Lamberts MEP and Yannick Jadot MEP in the right hand column. 

EVENT: Conference

DATE: 13 October 2011 from 09:00 to 12:00

PLACE: European Parliament, Room A1G3, 60 rue Wiertz, Brussels


To which extent can China and the EU be partners and/or competitors on the future of industry? Does China have the capacity to outgrow Europe’s blooming Green industry? Do we have to be afraid of that? Or does a cooperative approach work better than a zero-sum-game perspective? China does face huge challenges in reaching its goals - the EU is beginning a continental industrial policy. What could be priorities for cooperation and what should be the problems between both sides to be tackled with particular attention? It's time for Europe to get its act together.


09:00 -10.00 Panel I: THE FACTS, chaired by Reinhard Bütikofer MEP

China's impact on EU's industrial policy: the cases of energy, patents and standards

1. The EU's energy strategy towards China, Paula Abreu Marques, Head of International Relations, Directorate-General for Energy

2. Politics and development of China's patents system : Dr. Huang, Merit University Maastricht

3. Current Trend of EU-China cooperation in matters of standards : Diana Dus, Cen-Senelec

10:00 -11.30 Panel II: DISCUSSION, chaired by Philippe Lamberts MEP

Facing the dragon: China's challenges to Europe's industry

Jonathan Holslag, Brussels Institute for Contemporary Chinese Studies (BICCS) and Pierre Delalande, Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP)

11:30 - 12:00 Conclusion by Yannick Jadot MEP, rapporteur for the ITRE opinion on "EU and China: Unbalanced Trade?"


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