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Global Europe? / The New Generation of EU Preferential Trade Agreements

Monday 14 May 2012 14:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 15 May 2012 09:00 - 15:00
Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Since the release of the 'Global Europe’ strategy and the end of the European moratorium on bilateral trade negotiations in 2006, policy-makers in Brussels have significantly expanded and diversified the EU external trade negotiation portfolio. Adding to the longstanding efforts to advance EU foreign policy objectives through the negotiation of trade agreements with less developed countries, the Commission, in 2010, declared that 'the latest generation of competitiveness-driven Free Trade Agreements is precisely inspired by the objective of unleashing the economic potential of the world's important growth markets to EU trade and investment.’ Since then, the Commission has initiated a wide range of negotiations with important trade and investment partners such as South Korea, Canada, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and many others. But while the underlying rationale for the negotiation of EU preferential trade agreements is now more than ever grounded on commercial motives, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 has, with the empowerment of the European Parliament on trade policy matters, arguably very much strenghtened the political dimension of EU trade and investment policy formulation. Against this background, this conference recapitulates key developments and discuss the key issues of contemporary EU PTA negotiations.

  • David Kleimann (EUI) - Send a mail
  • Boris Rigod (EUI - Department of Law)
  • David Kleimann (EUI)
  • Boris Rigod (EUI - Department of Law)