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Evening of discussion on EU trade policies with Ms Elena Peresso, Member of Commissioner for Trade, and Mr Richard Howitt, MEP (S&D/UK), and and Mr Cédric Dupont, Professor and Director of the Executive Education at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

In 2010, the European Commission communication concerning “trade, growth and world affairs” aimed at revisiting the EU trade policy strategies set out in the previous Commission’s  “Global Europe” release of the year 2006, while acknowledging the role of external economic relations as a vital catalyst for growth and job creation, as well as the need to coordinate the EU’s internal and external policies. The Commission committed itself “to asserting the EU more effectively on the world stage by actively contributing to shaping the future global economic order and defending the European interest worldwide”.This important shift  in EU trade policy was due not only to the  need to respond to the economic crisis, to keep  pace with a fast-changing global environment and to cope with the challenges posed by emerging economies, but was also a consequence of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which mandated the Commission to both include the European Parliament in the decision-making process and to ensure stricter consistency with the principles and the objectives of the Union’s external action.In this strategy, a  stream of new bilateral trade and investment agreements, negotiations and internal reforms, such as the revision of trade defence instruments, the reciprocity principle for access to public procurement and the generalised systems of preferences, have been put forward. Meanwhile, trade disputes between the EU and China, as well as the EU dissatisfaction  with China’s implementation of WTO rules, the negotiation of a Transatlantic agreement with the United States and the far-reaching consequences of the EU-Ukraine trade agreement  featured high  on the EU institutional and political agenda before and during the Parliamentary elections. This new setting induced several commentators to  point out that,  while the traditional EU  strategy  favouring a multilateral approach has faded  into a modus operandi which privileges the use of bilateral agreements.It is no secret that, in the last decade, the EU has faced a number of new challenges and its policy instruments have changed accordingly. The phenomena of globalisation, delocalisation and the setting up of integrated supply chains, along with the rise of new economic powers, have reshaped Europe’s economic and trade structure. As the incoming European Commission still has to take office, it is crucial to pre-plan the future of the European trade policy in order to understand if the EU is acting in its best interests. Will the European Union be able to act more effectively, both by converging possible conflicting approaches and better defining the nature of the Common Commercial Policy?


8 Jul 2014 @ 07:00 pm

8 Jul 2014 @ 09:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours


Science 14 Atrium

Rue de la Science 14


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PubAffairs Bruxelles

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