Friday, 3 June
In light of the global changes we are facing, the EGP has deemed it necessary to develop a common position on a green trade policy for the whole European Green Family. A Trade Discussion Group (with experts from many member parties) has been created earlier this year, and the aim of this session is to present the state of play of the draft trade policy paper and invite other member parties to join the discussion in order to contribute to the final trade policy paper, which delegates will be voting on during the next EGP Congress (December 2022).
The session will be an interactive discussion where we will pose some key questions to the participants to acquire an indicative understanding on the main points that a green trade policy should tackle. The participants will be able to follow the discussion offline and online in order to guarantee the participation of the members of the discussion group who are not able to attend the meeting in Riga. Here is the zoom link:
Meeting ID: 895 2828 3002
REINHARD BÜTIKOFER, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group.
Reinhard is a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). He sits on the Commitee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where he serves as Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson, and on the Commitee on International Trade (INTA) as a substitute member. He is the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China as well as a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.
From 2012 to 2019 he was co-chair of the European Green Party (EGP). Before being elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütikofer was the Co-Chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (from 2002 until 2008). He was the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he served as the Chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden- Würtemberg. From 1988 until 1996 he served as a Member of the Baden-Würtemberg State Parliament. His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984.
Besides his positions in the party and parliament Mr. Bütikofer is a member of the Europe/ Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the trade union ver.di, the German-Israeli Society and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, as well as the DGAP, the ECFR and the IISS.
Anna Cavazzini, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group
Anna is from Germany and has been a Member of the European Parliament for The Greens/EFA since 2019. She fights for a sustainable EU internal market and fair globalization - in short, for fair and sustainable economic structures inside and outside the EU.
Since November 2020, she has been Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on International Trade and vice chair of the Brazil delegation. Her constituencies are Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Before becoming an MEP, she herself worked in the European Parliament, for the Federal Foreign Office and the UNO and was an advisor to various NGOs.
Franziska Pudelko, head of office to state secretary Michael Kellner.
Franziska has been working as parliamentary assistant and as adviser on international and EU trade and economic policy for the past five years, first in the European Parliament and currently in the German Bundestag. In her present position is working on economic policies and the green transformation of the German industry as head of office to state secretary Michael Kellner (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) in the German Bundestag. Franziska is passionate about EU trade policy and therefore she is still supporting the EGP in drafting the Trade Policy Paper.