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Monthly meeting, Saturday 4th May, 10.15-12.00
BFOE WAREHOUSE, 54 Allison St
Digbeth Birmingham

 THE ENERGY MARKETS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL

Right across the spectrum in France, attention is being given to how the proposed US-EU Trade Pact is going to re-shape the world.

Almost no attention being given here because it is assumed that we will support free trade.

Vice chairman Andrew Lydon has prepared an outline of how he thinks this will interact with energy issues.

In Counterpoint: Josh Wise, director of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, rebuts the assumption that this pact will be beneficial, reserving his sharpest criticism for the process: the fact that negotiations will be classified and MNC influence might mirror that of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which he says has over 600 listed advisers, more than 90% of whom represent corporate interests.

He calls for trade talks with the EU done through a transparent process that allows the public to have real input and sets high standards for global quality of life.

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