EVENT: Lunch Debate
DATE: 12 October 2011
PLACE: Brussels (exact location will be confirmed after the registration)
LANGUAGE: English and Spanish with simultaneous translation
The exploitation of raw materials in Latin America has shaped the relation between both continents for centuries. Many Latin American countries have very high deposits of minerals that attract a lot of interest. The EU has published a Raw Materials Initiative in February 2011, which gives testimony of the ever increasing interest of the EU in raw materials for its industry. Furthermore the raw materials trade it is of great interest for the economic development of several Latin American countries. On top of this, the current financial crisis motivates a flight into gold, which translates into an increasingly difficult and dangerous exploitation of this metal.
Will the Euro-Latin American Resolution on Trade of Natural Resources between LA and the EU lead to innovative concepts for mining and land use whilst contributing to a fair redistribution of wealth? What is the role of bi- and multilateral trade agreements in this context? What about innovative concepts, such as recycling, and, on the other hand, non-exploiting project as the case of Yasuni-ITT in Ecuador?
Moderator: Claude Weinber, Director Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, European Union