On September 3, Professor Simon Evenett, co-director of CEPR's International Trade Program, presented the protectionism monitoring initiative to members of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA). The lunch briefing at the European Parliament was followed by an evening reception for representatives of the EU Council's Article 133 Committee, which is comprised of trade officials from each EU member state.
On September 4, Simon Evenett publicly introduced GTA to a broader audience, including high-level trade officials from the European Commission, representatives from European business associations, and regional representations. Peter Balas, deputy director general of the European Commission's Directorate General for External Trade, and Adrian van den Hoven, Business Europe's director for International Affairs, provided insightful comments on the initiative.
The GTA Brussels event concluded a series of launches for the Global Trade Alert project, previously held in London on June 8, in Washington DC on June 22, in Beijing on August 11 and 12, and Bangkok on August 13.
About the GTA
GTA is a global independent initiative drawing upon economic expertise from research institutes in seven regions of the world economy and stands apart from any government or international organization. The Centre for Economic Policy Research launched the Global Trade Alert (GTA) project (www.globaltradealert.org) in London on June 8, 2009. Funders of GTA include the UK Government (Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for International Development (DFID)); The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada; the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada; the World Bank; and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. To ensure independence, a group of eminent persons, including Gary Horlick and Ernesto Zedillo, will provide advice on the implementation of the Global Trade Alert.