About: trade negotiations

Trade & Society 04-08-2015

Global economic integration at all costs?

The political and economic implications of mega-regional free trade agreements deserves more open discussion by all stakeholders, argue Axel Berger and Dominique Bruhn. 
Trade & Society 13-07-2015

TTIP: A call for decisive action

We need to put hyperbole and prejudice aside and start an unbiased public debate about TTIP, argue Christian Ewert and Julia Hughes.
Competition 07-05-2015

Seven questions and three recommendations about TTIP

TTIP is currently “too big to fly”. Pierre Defraigne offered his vision for the future of TTIP in a speech to the European Business summit.
Trade & Society 04-03-2015

European trade policy is at an impasse

Our focus on the TTIP negotiations is causing Europe to lose sight of other challenges emerging as a result of free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, argues Axel Berger.
Trade & Society 04-02-2015

Don’t expect groundbreaking news from the latest TTIP negotiations

They announced a rapid negotiation, to be concluded by the end of 2014 - then, by the end of 2015. After 18 months of exploration, the menu for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will require significantly more time to digest than was first thought, writes Elvire Fabry.

Trade policy: time for a rethink?

Published in Bruegel's collection of essays Fragmented Power: Europe and the Global Economy , Simon J. Evenett's contribution assesses the role and importance of the EU in international trade negotiations, and claims that "a fundamental rethink of the ends and means of European trade policy is in order".
Trade & Society 14-09-2007

Implications of WTO decision on Brazil’s tyres ban

A recent decision by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in a case concerning imports of re-treaded tyres in Brazil can "become a milestone in WTO jurisprudence on trade and the environment", according to Julia Qin of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Assessing EU trade policy in goods

Multilateral liberalisation of trade should be the centre of European trade strategy, argues Patrick Messerlin – professor of economics, Sciences Po - in a new paper for the European Centre for International Political Economy. The recent shift in European trade policy to negotiate bilateral agreements is taking Europe into dangerous waters, he believes.
Enlargement 26-09-2002

Malta’s EU membership – How and Why?

Malta’s EU membership – How and Why? The Hon Dr Eddie Fenech-Adami, Prime Minister of Malta, addressed the latest in an EPC series of meetings with the new Member States on 25 September 2002, on the subject: “Malta’s EU membership:...
Enlargement 19-07-2002

Six months to Copenhagen: convergence process supports road map for enlargement

Six months to Copenhagen: convergence process supports road map for enlargement Despite the problems surrounding the eastern enlargement process much suggests that the EU will announce the participants of the first round at the European Council to be held in...
Enlargement 19-07-2002

Economic momentum in selected accession countries

Economic momentum in selected accession countries The following article takes a closer look at the progress achieved with convergence over the last few years in selected accession countries. All in all, the region coped relatively well with last year’s international...
Enlargement 19-07-2002

Disgraceful debate

Disgraceful debate Over the last while I’ve saved attentive readers considerable disappointment over economic and financial-market developments. Therefore, I don’t think there’s anything wrong about tweaking a few noses today. I find the way the debate on eastern enlargement of...
Enlargement 12-07-2002

A Viking Champion

A Viking Champion There may be doubts growing elsewhere in Europe about eastward enlargement, but the candidate countries have a champion in Denmark, which assumed the rotating presidency in July. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen named the eastward enlargement...
Enlargement 12-07-2002

EU Insider: Enlargement Hurdles

EU Insider: Enlargement Hurdles Many stumbling blocks remain as the EU enters the final stage of membership talks with the candidate countries. The European Union has made an unequivocal decision to finish its current membership negotiations with up to 10...
Enlargement 12-07-2002

Slovakia: Catching Up

Slovakia: Catching Up A TOL interview with Slovakia’s chief negotiator with the EU on the final stages of the membership talks and what remains to be done. In 1997, Slovakia was left behind when the European Union invited Poland, the...
Agrifood 11-07-2002

CAP reform and eastward enlargement – A fundamental conflict

CAP reform and eastward enlargement – A fundamental conflict As the negotiations to enlarge the European Union reach their climax, Brian Gardner analyses the struggle between the traditional defenders of the Common Agricultural Policy and those intent on a comprehensive...
Enlargement 08-07-2002

Importance of EU enlargement for east Germany

Importance of EU enlargement for east Germany Trade liberalisation:External trade of the EU with accession candidates has been liberalised for a long time (exception: agricultural products). The share of foreign trade of the ten Central and Eastern European candidate countries...
Enlargement 07-06-2002

Fight on the Farm

  Fight on the Farm The EU’s proposal to limit agricultural subsidies to new members has drawn angry reactions in Poland, the candidate country with the largest farming sector. The sprawling Polish countryside has long been viewed as one of...
Agrifood 27-05-2002

Politics, the CAP and Polish Agriculture

Politics, the CAP and Polish Agriculture This report, prepared by EPPA, states that the CAP is seen by much of the public as failing to deliver what society wants from agriculture in terms of food safety, animal health and rural...
Enlargement 22-05-2002

Talk, Talk, Talk

Talk, Talk, Talk The negotiations on EU enlargement are continuing, but none of the key issues will be dealt with until after Germany’s September elections. There is a real danger that the current talks on European Union enlargement could turn...
Enlargement 22-05-2002

Reaping What the EU Sows

Reaping What the EU Sows How justified are the farmers of Eastern Europe in arguing that EU proposals on agricultural subsidies are discriminatory? Since the beginning of this year, agriculture has become one of the most visible aspects of the...
Enlargement 21-05-2002

Difference and Indifference: Bringing Czech Roma Ghettoes to Europe’s Court

Difference and Indifference: Bringing Czech Roma Ghettoes to Europe’s Court Many Roma in the Czech Republic live in appalling housing conditions, often as a direct result of public authority decisions. But can they approach the European Court for redress? The...
Enlargement 21-05-2002

Overview of negotiations with Poland

Overview of negotiations with Poland As Poland continues its membership negotiations with the European Union, right chapters remain open. Competition policy. This chapter remains open because of discussions over Poland’s so-called Special Economic Zones and the restructuring of the steel...
Enlargement 21-05-2002

Overview of negotiations with the Czech Republic

Overview of negotiations with the Czech Republic Since November 1998, Czech negotiators have opened 29 and closed 26 out of the total 31 chapters in the EU membership negotiations. The last five chapters should be closed by the end of...