European Regional Meeting of the Trilateral Commission: Paris, France, November 7-9, 2008

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(32nd Meeting of European Group)

2008 European Regional Conference Booklet (pdf 722kb/72pp)
The publication includes the 2008 Conference Programme, Session Executive Summaries and Remarks.

At the Westin Paris Hotel

Conference Chairman: Peter Sutherland Chairman, BP p.l.c.; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, London; Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Migrations; former Director General, GATT/WTO; former Member of the European Commission; former Attorney General of Ireland; European Chairman, Trilateral Commission

Host Country Chairman: François Bujon de l'Estang, Ambassadeur de France; Chairman, Citi France, Paris; former Ambassador to the United States

Friday, November 7

19h30
Opening reception and dinner at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Speaker: Eric Besson, Secretary of State in charge of Strategic Planning, Public Policy Evaluation and the Development of the Digital Economy

Saturday, November 8

09h00-10h45
SESSION I: FRANCE ON THE MOVE—ECONOMIC REFORM, SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND POLITICAL GOVERNANCE
Chair: François Bujon de l'Estang, Chairman, French Group, Trilateral Commission
Keynote Speaker: Jean-François Copé, MP, Chairman, UMP Parliamentary Group in the National Assembly; former Member of the Government

Roundtable Discussion moderated by Nicolas Beytout, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, D.I. Group; Former Editor of Le Figaro and Les Echos,Paris
Panel:
Michel Camdessus, Chairman, Société de Financement de l'Economie Française (SFEF, former "SRAEC" refinancing company for activities of credit institutions); former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and Governor of the Banque de France
Olivier Pastré, Professor of Economics at the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes St. Denis; Chairman of IM Bank (Tunis)
Nicolas Baverez, Lawyer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Essayist and Historian, Paris

An "Outside" View: Mario Monti, President, Bocconi University, Milan; Member of the EU Reflection Group of the Future of Europe; former Member of the European Commission (Competition Policy)

11h00-12h30
TOPICAL SESSION: THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: What Went Wrong?
Chair: Edmond Alphandéry, Chairman, CNP Assurances, Paris; former Chairman, Electricité de France (EDF); former Minister of the Economy and Finance

Introduced by H. Onno Ruding (pdf 34kb/6pp), Member of the EC High Level Expert Group on EU Financial Supervision, with Michel Camdessus
12h30-14h30

Luncheon
A NEW GLOBAL FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE? Lessons Learnt from the Crisis on the Eve of the White House Summit
Speaker: Stanley Fischer (pdf 68kb/14pp), Governor of the Bank of Israel; former President, Citigroup International and Vice Chairman, Citigroup, NY; former First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

14h45-18h30
SESSION II: THE EUROPEAN UNION: At Midterm of the French EU Presidency to be Followed by the Czech Republic
Chair: Peter Sutherland, European Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Panel:
Jean-Pierre Jouyet, Minister for Foreign Affairs, France
Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Affairs, Czech Republic

SESSION II CONTINUED
Chair: Elisabeth Guigou, Member of the French National Assembly; former Minister for European Affairs, Paris
EU INSTITUTIONS AND DEMOCRACY: "Saving Europe from the Tyranny of Referenda..."
Tøger Seidenfaden, Editor-in-Chief, Politiken, Denmark

EU PRIORITIES:
BUILDING A EUROPEAN DEFENCE ARCHITECTURE
Edgar Buckley, Senior Vice President for EU, NATO and European Cooperation, Thales Group, Neuilly/Seine; former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Planning and Operations
"THE UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN"
André Azoulay, Counsellor to His Majesty the King of Morocco; President of the Euro-Mediterranean Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria

19h15-23h00
Private tour of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in The Louvre followed by a reception and dinner hosted by the French Group of the Trilateral Commission

AMERICA AFTER THE ELECTION: THE POWER TO LEAD IN A MULTI-POLAR WORLD?
Speaker: Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Chair, National Intelligence Council and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission

Sunday, November 9

9h00-10h30
SESSION III: MASTERING GLOBAL CHALLENGES: The Role and Responsibility of Rising Global Actors
Chair: Loukas Tsoukalis, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission; Professor, University of Athens and the College of Europe; President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens
Panel:
INDIA AND THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS
T. N. Ninan: Chairman and Managing Director,Business Standard, New Delhi

CHINA—EU RELATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS
Lord Brittan of Spennithorne , Vice Chairman, UBS Investment Bank, London; former Vice President, European Commission (Trade and Competition Policy)

RUSSIAN—EU RELATIONS: Deadlocks and Opportunities
Anatoli Chubais, General Director, Russian Corporation of Nanotechnoloiges - Rosano; Co-Chair, EU/Russsia Industrialists' Round Table; former Chairman, RAO-UES; former First Deputy Chairman of Russian Government and Minister of Finance

10h45-12h15
TOPICAL SESSION IV: IS A NEW "COLD WAR" DAWNING ON EUROPE? Implications of the Georgian "Wake-Up Call" for the Future Security of Europe
Chair: Peter Sutherland, European Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Panel:
Pierre Morel, EU Special Representative for the Crisis in Georgia, Brussels; former French Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics; Adjunct Professor Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Annual Munich Conference on Security Policy; Global Head of Governmental Affairs, Allianz SE; former German Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Closing Informal buffet luncheon 

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