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EU trade, investment and development diplomacy in a fragmented world

The SDGs and the global gateway

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08 February 2023

14:00 - 15:15 CET


ECDPM, 44 Avenue des Arts, 1000 Brussels and online

A public hybrid discussion on the complementarities and possible tensions between EU trade, investment and development policies organised by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade and the EUI's Schuman Centre in Brussels

The world is in turmoil, characterised by compounded and lasting multiple crises, seemingly leading to increasing geopolitical fragmentation. For the European Union (EU), this raises fundamental questions about its place and role in the global economy. How can the EU become a more strategic political and economic actor, better articulating and promoting its interests on the global stage while promoting its core values and principles, tackling global public goods such as climate change and health, and supporting the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular in poorer and more vulnerable countries? Is the EU willing and equipped to address these multiple challenges in a coherent and effective manner, combining its geostrategic ambitions, economic interests and diplomacy and development objectives in a sustainable way? Can the Global Gateway provide the impetus for the EU to better combine, in a Team Europe approach, its international trade, investment and development policies, towards a European economic diplomacy conducive to achieving the SDGs?

Conducting a global assessment of trade & industrial policy on the SDGs in their 30th Global Trade Alert Report, Professor Simon J. Evenett and Johannes Fritz argue that governments, and in particular G20 members, could do better. They consider the possible tensions between the pursuit of what some regard as neoliberal trade and investment reforms and making progress on eliminating poverty and hunger and on adopting clean energy, to name just three of the SDGs. Some fret that commercial policy should do more, while others doubt the wisdom of linking trade policy to the SDGs in the first place. Yet, they conclude that trade-distortive measures tend to have overall negative effects, while promoting private investment might be more conducive to promoting sustainable development.

This event will discuss the synergies, complementarities and possible tensions between active trade, investment and development policies by the EU, with a specific attention to the Global Gateway and their impact on the SDGs, building on the insights of Prof. Simon J. Evenett in the 30th Global Trade Alert Report "Must Do Better: Trade & Industrial Policy and the SDGs". 

Please register for this hybrid event: In-person places are limited and will be decided on a first-come first-served basis. 



Mia Saugman

Scientific Organiser(s):

Prof. Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute)

San Bilal (European Centre for Development Policy Management)

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