On May 30 2023, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized the 8th session of its “Trade Policy Preview” (TP-P) brainstorming series on EU. Clemens Boonekamp, FMG member and former Director of the Agriculture Division of the WTO moderated this session.


Simon Evenett, FMG member and coordinator of Global Trade Alert; Hervé Jouanjean, former Deputy Head of the EU Commission; L Alan Winters, Professor of the University of Sussex shared their views on the trade policies of EU. 


More than 50 participants joined the session, including members of FMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, Directors of WTO divisions, representatives from related international organizations, and experts from renowned think tanks and universities etc.


FMG has launched the brainstorming initiative titled “Trade Policy Preview” (TP-P) to host a candid and forward-looking dialogue on trade policy trends of key players of the WTO and their implications on the WTO reform discussions. FMG has successfully organized seven TP-P sessions on China, Russia, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, U.S.A, Japan and EU, and plan to organize TP-P sessions for SACU and Chile in the near future.


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSOQ5jqXA0A.  And the slides and notes the speakers shared are included in the attachments below.


Annex 1: Simon Evenett EU TPR Presentation FMG 30 May 2023


Annex 2: Programme



Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker: Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)





Moderator: Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

15:04- 15:16

Speaker 1: Simon Evenett (FMG)

15:16- 15:28

Speaker 2:  Hervé Jouanjean (former Deputy Head of the EU Commission)

15:28- 15:40

Speaker 3: L Alan Winters (Professor, the University of Sussex)



15:40- 16:30


Moderator: Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)


Annex 3: List of Confirmed Participants



Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Deborah Elms (FMG)

Simon Evenett (FMG)

Jonathan T Fried (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Siqi Li (FMG)

Fernando De Mateo (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Maxim Medvedkov (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Michitaka Nakatomi (FMG)

Victor Do Prado (FMG)

Sherry Stephenson (FMG)


Collette VAN DER VEN (FMG)

John M Weekes (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Xinquan Tu (FMG)

Petros C. Mavroidis (FMG)

Sean Doherty (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FFMG)


  1. WTO Missions

EU: Aguiar Machado, Ambassador

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab GAMALELDIN, Ambassador

India: P.S. Gangadha, Ambassador

New Zealand: Clare Kelly, Ambassador

Russian Federation: Dmitry LYAKISHEV, Ambassador

Slovak Republic: Judita BRZOBOHATÁ, Ambassador

Norway: Petter ØLBERG, Ambassador

Cabo Verde: Carla MIRANDA, DPR

China: LI Yihong, DPR

Czech Republic: Lenka Šustrová, DPR

Türkiye: Ayşegül Şahinoğlu Yerdeş, DPR

Hong Kong, China: Helen Hiu Yeung KWAN, DPR


  • WTO Secretariat

Willy Alfaro, Director, Trade Policies Review Division

Werner Zdouc, Director, Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme

Ralph Ossa, Chief Economist and Director,Economic Research and Statistics Division

Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy, Economic Research and Statistics Division

Maria Pereyra, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division

Stephen Fevrier, Senior Advisor to the Director-General


  1. International Organization

Yuvan Beejadhur, World Bank

Aditi Sara Verghese, WEF

Michele Ruta, IMF


  1. Think Tanks

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE

Peter Van den Bossche, WTI