Regulating Food Safety in the European Union and the United States: Similarities and Differences

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The United States and the European Union are the world’s two regulatory ‘great powers’ (Drezner). Food safety is one area where their regulations frequently differ. These differences are sufficiently important that they have impeded the launching of a comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement mooted to be negotiated this year.

The Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS) and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) will be co-hosting this event featuring Carlos Alvarez Antolinez, DVM, MA, MSc, MSc, Minister-Counselor, Food Safety, Health and Consumer Affairs, Delegation of the European Union in Washington DC.

Carlos is a European Commission official since 1993; before joining the EU Delegation in Washington in October 2009, he worked for eleven years in the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office in Ireland where he was in charge of different inspection units. Before that he worked in Brussels from 1993 to 1998 in the Commission's division of agricultural research and prior to that in the National and Regional Administrations in Spain. In the EU Delegation, he deals mainly with issues related to Food Safety, Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Plant Health.

Carlos is a veterinarian by training (Veterinary School of Leon, Spain) and also holds master degrees in Public Administration (Complutense University of Madrid), Management in the Public Sector (Trinity College Dublin) and Public Policy and Management (University of London).

Sponsored by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Program.

Please see the event Flyer for more information.


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