David L. Cleeton, chair of the ISU department of economics, will be moderating a panel discussion of diplomats from the Member States of the European Union on Thursday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. Participants include leading representatives from the Consulate Generals of Britain, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, The Netherlands and Poland. The event is organized by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) and will be held at the Robert Michel Student Center Ballroom at Bradley University.
Relations between the European Union and the United States have become even more important as these allies face challenges from the Middle East, Asia and Russia. Business ties and moves to further open our economies to each other are adding even greater depth to EU-US relations. The diplomats from EU Member States will later be joined by officials from the Illinois and US Departments of Commerce officials to conduct a business seminar covering the potential impacts on Central Illinois of the evolving Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The program is sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union in the United States, the World Affairs Councils of America, and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, in partnership with the Institute of International Studies and the SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. More information is available through PAWAC at www.pawac.org or (309) 677-2454.