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Charlotte: U.S.-EU Trade Relations in the Face of Current Challenges: Brexit, China, and Protectionism

November 27, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm EST

The Charlotte Warburg Chapter and the German American Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion and luncheon with Eckart von Unger, Senior Manager at the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Free for members and $15 charge for nonmembers to attend this event.
RSVP here by November 21.

Eckart von Unger is the Senior Manager in the Brussels Office of the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI), representing the BDI in all foreign trade and investment issues vis-á-vis the institutions of the European Union and civil society. He is a member of several committees and working groups on a national and international level, including BUSINESSEUROPE, the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the OECD (BIAC), and the International Chamber of Commerce. Mr. von Unger has held several positions at BDI’s headquarters in Berlin. From 2001 until 2006, he was Director of the Country Desk in the Asia Pacific section, and from 2006 until 2009, he and his team coordinated the Northern Africa and Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI). At the same time, he was also the Director responsible for Foreign Trade and Investment Promotion and Fair Trade Policies. Mr. von Unger began his career in 2000 at the press office of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in the Bundestag and in a strategic consultancy for governmental relations (Steltemeier & Rawe). He holds a Master of Economic Science degree (Diplom) from the Free University of Berlin and a Bachelor’s degree (Vordiplom) in Management and Business Administration from the University of Cologne.

Abstract: This talk will cover the role of Germany and the EU in international trade, the consequences of the Brexit for EU-U.S. relations, challenges to U.S.-EU trade relations, possible approaches to dealing with China, and German views on protectionism.