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Ceadaítear do choiste cruinniú le saineolaithe a eagrú sa chás ina meastar é sin a bheith sár-riachtanach dá chuid oibre maidir le hábhar ar leith. Is féidir le dhá choiste nó níos mó éisteachtaí a thionól go comhpháirteach lena chéile. Eagraíonn formhór na gcoistí éisteachtaí go tráthrialta ionas go bhféadfaidh siad tuairimí a fháil ó shaineolaithe agus go bhféadfaidh siad pléití a bheith acu ar phríomh-shaincheisteanna. Ar an leathanach seo, gheobhaidh tú an fhaisnéis go léir a bhaineann le héisteachtaí coiste, lena n-áirítear cláir agus aithisc ó chainteoirí.

On 25 February INTA will organise a hearing on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement. The EU and Latin America have strong historical and cultural links. The EU-Mercosur agreement can further reinforce the economic, trade and political relations between both continents as it is not only a free trade agreement but a broad association agreement with a key geostrategic and geopolitical dimension.

The INTA hearing, scheduled for 7 December, will focus on the trade policy measures that can help the EU to achieve the goals it set for itself in the Green Deal. To discuss with MEPs, INTA invited Ms Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Professor Olivier De Schutter, UN Special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Ms Luisa Santos, Deputy Director-General, Business Europe and Mr Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network.

On 9 November INTA will organise a hearing on EU-China trade and investment relations. The EU and China are two of the biggest traders in the world, with China being the EU's second trading partner. But in recent years the balance of challenges and opportunities in the bilateral relationship has shifted on issues such as market access obstacles and unfair trade practices. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has a big impact on the bilateral and global trade environment.

On 12 October, the 5th INTA 'Trade Policy Day' is dedicated to a renewed EU trade policy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Vice-President and new trade commissioner, V. Dombrovskis, will give a keynote speech. Then, Prof. Felbermayr, Kiel Institute, and Prof. Shapiro, UC Berkeley, will set the scene for a panel discussion on "what do stakeholders expect from Europe" featuring DG Trade’s Director General, Sabine Weyand, and representatives of EUROCHAMBRES, CLIENTEARTH and AMFORI.

The resolution of tensions in the international trade relations and of the deep crisis of the multilateral fora will shape the course of the global economy and its sustainability for the decades to come. What is the way forward for the EU trade policy in these turbulent times? How can trade help attain the Sustainable Development Goals?

The WTO Appellate Body, which is part of the WTO dispute settlement, is in major crisis. On 10 December 2019, it will no longer be able to function, as the mandates of two of its three remaining members, out of seven, will expire. This can have major implications for the multilateral trading system.

The purpose of this hearing was primarily to look at the state of play of the bilateral economic relations between the EU and Taiwan. Representatives of the Commission and of the EEAS brought up the institutional approach, while the business angle was delivered by a representative of a German company active in Taiwan on the field of wind-turbine (ENERCON Taiwan).

This hearing addressed the different approaches to EU-Asia connectivity and the issues at stake when it comes to trade. The first panel focused on the possible synergies and challenges with the different approaches and the promotion of multilateral solution, with two well known academics and representatives of Institutions.