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Promoting open trade policy in challenging times

A meeting with civil society in the context of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

"The meeting has been cancelled due to unforeseen logistical difficulties."


EU-based civil society organisations are invited to attend this meeting on 'Promoting open trade policy in challenging times', organised jointly by the European Commission and the Spanish Government under the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In the framework of the EU’s trade strategy based on openness, sustainability and assertiveness, Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Héctor Gómez Hernández will discuss with participants the importance of promoting open trade to pursue sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

They will focus on how the EU can continue to strengthen the multilateral trade order and to improve its bilateral trade relations in these challenging times.

The meeting will be moderated by Marta Carazo, Brussels correspondent of TVE. Participants will be able to ask the keynote speakers questions.

Interpretation from and into English and Spanish will be made available. 

This event will take place in Valencia. Registered participants can attend either in person or online.

Travel costs from within the EU will be reimbursed by the European Commission. Participants from EU civil society organisations based outside Valencia who wish to participate in person can ask for their return travel expenses to be covered. Please contact TRADE-CIVIL-SOCIETY-TRAVELatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (TRADE-CIVIL-SOCIETY-TRAVEL[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu) for more information.



Lead speakers

  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission 
  • Héctor Gómez Hernández, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism


  • Marta Carazo, Brussels correspondent of TVE


  • 08:30-09:00 Welcome coffee
  • 09:00-09:20 Introduction and opening remarks
  • 09:20-10:30 Moderated discussion with participants
  • international trade | trade policy
  • Thursday 19 October 2023, 09:00 - 10:30 (CEST)
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Live streaming available
Trade topics
  • Trade policy
Event type

Practical information

Thursday 19 October 2023, 09:00 - 10:30 (CEST)
Valencia Palace Hotel
Paseo Alameda 32, 46023 Valencia Valencia, Spain
Who should attend
EU civil society organisations
English, Spanish
Directorate-General for Trade
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