UW Today

November 30, 1999

U.S. vs. Europe: Forum to air disputes over genetically modified crops, hormone-treated beef and other WTO sticking points

Some of the hottest disputes in world trade will be discussed by U.S. and European trade leaders at a campus forum tomorrow evening, Dec. 1.

The forum, entitled “The United States, the European Union and WTO: Genetically Modified Products, National Sanctions, British Beef, and American Hormones,” will take place from 6:10 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall 120.

Moderated by respected local public affairs broadcaster Barry Mitzman of KCTS-9, the forum will feature officials from the Clinton administration, European Union and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, plus a UW faculty expert on the human impact of trade rules:

ć Michael Dunn, U.S. undersecretary of agriculture.
ć David Byrne, commissioner of health & consumer protection, European Commission.
ć Willard Workman, vice president, international, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
ć Matthew Sparke, assistant professor of geography, University of Washington.

The panel discussion will be preceded by a briefing on the day’s WTO activities by Isvan Major, Hungarian ambassador to the WTO.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hungarian-American Chamber of Commerce and the European Union Center of the UW’s Jackson School of International Studies.
For more information contact Phil Lyon or Phil Sheckleton at the UW European Union Center, (206)616-2415.