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Mandelson to speak on EU-US trade pact

Two major British political figures will address an international conference on a possible free-trade pact between the European Union and the United States.

Lord (Peter) Mandelson, former EU Trade Commissioner, and Kenneth Clarke MP, UK Cabinet Minister, are among the speakers at the Mortimer Caplin Conference on the World Economy.

The University of Edinburgh event on 2 May will bring together stakeholders in the global economy from both the US and the EU to discuss the potential impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement to liberalise trade between the two superpowers.

The Mortimer Caplin Conference on The World Economy

Tickets are free. Attendees MUST register.

Friday 2 May 2014, 9.00am

Friday 2 May 2014, 6.30pm

John McIntyre Conference Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

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The 2014 Montague Burton Lecture

Lord Mandelson, Chairman of Global Counsel LLP, will give this year’s Montague Burton lecture, which is also the conference's keynote address, entitled: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: What to Play For?

Kenneth Clarke MP will deliver the opening statement to the conference.

Montague Burton Lecture: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: What to Play For?

Tickets are free. All attendees MUST register.

Friday 2 May 2014, 5.15pm

Friday 2 May 2014, 6.15pm

Informatics Forum, School of Informatics, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

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A potential game-changer

At the Caplin Conference academics, politicians, environmentalists, and policy makers from both sides of the Atlantic will debate TTIP’s opportunities and obstacles and its potential effect on Europe and America’s economy and labour markets.

If enacted, such a partnership could change the rules for global trade and investment. The combined economies of the EU and the US represents half of the world’s GDP.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a potential game-changer in determining the rules of global trade. Lord Mandelson’s Montague Burton Lecture is, by definition, a major statement on its prospects.

John PetersonProfessor of International Politics

Political momentum

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January he pledged to launch talks between the two economic powers on TTIP.

Supporters of TTIP argue that an agreement could generate an additional economic growth of 1.5 per cent on both sides.

Transatlantic partnership

The event, which will be held in Edinburgh for the first time, is the second of two separate gatherings to discuss TTIP. The first, organised by the University of Virginia’s Miller Centre, was held in Washington DC in December 2013. The upcoming gathering is convened by the University of Edinburgh’s Europa Institute.

The Montague Burton Lecture is delivered annually at the University on the subject of international relations. It is named after Montague Burton, knighted for his services to industrial relations and founder of the clothes chain Burton.

Members of the public can attend both the Caplin Conference and Lord Mandelson’s lecture for free.