Webinar: Transatlantic Implications of the IRA

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First workshop – George Washington University Jean-Monnet Center of Excellence “Transatlantic Subnational Governance and Paradiplomacy”

Tues. 25 April 2023

For information on registration, please email elsiespitzer23atgwmail [dot] gwu [dot] edu (elsiespitzer23[at]gwmail[dot]gwu[dot]edu)

On Tues. 25 April 2023, from 9:00am-2:00pm EDT (15:00-20:00 CEST), the George Washington University and adelphi/the Transatlantic Climate Bridge will hold an online roundtable workshop among high-level participants representing subnational governments and their coalitions (primarily but not exclusively from North America and Europe); the European Union; European diplomats and officials; U.S. government representatives (from the executive and legislative branches); multilateral organizations; non-governmental/private sector actors; and think tank/academic experts.

This off-the-record workshop will comprise a keynote address and three segments, each of which will be headlined by brief introductory comments from uniquely insightful speakers, followed by moderated discussions among all participants (who should each expect a c. 5-7-minute speaking time per session).

Alongside this workshop, we will aim to produce additional deliverables such as factsheets, op-eds/policy memoranda and brief podcast interviews with selected speakers, the latter of which will be made available in the days following the meeting (by way of GWU’s and our partners’ online platforms).

Schedule of Events

9:00-9:15am EDT: Opening comments

9:15-9:55am Conversation with keynote guest

Keynote guest (9:15-9:35am): Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, DG Trade, European Commission

10:00-10:30 Overview of the IRA and its transatlantic implications

1. The IRA at the May 2023 Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council meeting: a primer

Guest speaker (10:00-10:15am): Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, DG Trade, European Commission

2. State of play of the IRA & the Treasury Department’s latest implementation guidance

Guest speaker (10:15-10:30): Heather Boushey, Member, Council of Economic Advisers & Chief Economist, Invest in America, Executive Office of the President

10:35-11:45am Session 1 – A reality check from the subnational perspective: will the IRA steal business from Europe? 

Lead speaker (10:35-10:42am): Johannes Schroeten, Expert, Domestic & EU Politics, Stiftung KlimaWirtschaft

Moderator: Mary Hellmich, adelphi

11:50am-1:00pm Session 2 – Are the IRA and the EU’s Green Deal fit for purpose? What do subnational actors need to decarbonize? 

Lead speakers (11:50-11:57am): Gianluca Spinaci, Green Deal Advisor, European Committee of the Regions (tbc);
(11:57am-12:04pm): Masha Smirnova, Campaign Manager, European Green Deal, Eurocities;
(12:04-12:11pm): Mike Williams, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress 

Moderator: Erwan Lagadec, George Washington University

1:05-2:15pm Session 3 – The role of subnational actors in implementing the IRA

Lead speaker (1:05-1:12pm): Matt Piotrowski, Senior Director of Policy & Research, Climate Advisers

Moderator: Mary Hellmich, adelphi

2:15-2:30pm: Concluding comments & next steps