EU trade policy & WTO: Open world or return of division?
Having grown alongside the open rules-based global system launched at Bretton Woods, EU trade is under review, at a time when the functioning of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is also under challenge, and when international mistrust threatens the very idea of a global economy open for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The European Commission is currently engaged in a thorough policy review. There are certainly some questions to address, which have implications well beyond the usually cloistered world of trade policy theory:
- Does the recent call for high-ambition coalitions with like-minded partners herald an end to a global rulebook?
- Can technological autonomy, carbon neutrality, and sustainable food systems be secured with open borders?
- Can Europe lead on a path distinct from the conflicts between the US and Chinese spheres of influence?
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Ignacio Garcia Bercero – Director, DG Trade European Commission
Andre Sapir – Economist & Scholar, ULB & Bruegel
Stuart Lau – Europe Correspondent, South China Morning Post
Peter Chase – Special Advisor, EU & Financial Services, FIPRA International
Robert Madelin – Chairman FIPRA International
Jacki Davis, Brussels-based convenor and moderator
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