The future of EU trade policy

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Lead Commentaries

Simon Evenett, 25 September 2010

EU trade policy has accomplished little of substance during the past decade. This column, a contribution to the ongoing VoxEU debate on The Future of EU Trade Policy, identifies five reality checks that should be taken on board as the European Commission and the Member States reformulate their approach to commercial relations.

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 01 October 2010

In response to Dr. Cernat’s call for feedback on the EU’s trade policy, this column calls on Europeans and Americans to rethink their trade policies. It argues both can meet 21st century needs only by collaborating, mostly at the WTO. Trade policy challenges are also an opportunity to make the system more coherent and meet the goals of expanding trade, enhancing human welfare and increasing employment.

Lucian Cernat, 07 September 2010

This autumn, the European Commission will set out the future direction for the EU’s trade policy. In this column its Chief Trade Economist calls on Vox contributors to engage in the debate about what that direction should be.

David O'Sullivan, 17 September 2010

In a recent Vox Talks interview, David O’Sullivan, Director General for Trade at the European Commission, joined our EU trade policy debate. He talked to CEPR's Viv Davies about, amongst other things, the EU’s responsibility within the world trading system, trade governance and the WTO, the role of reciprocity, the BRICs, and the importance of successfully concluding the DDA negotiations; he also comments on the issue of ‘multilateralising regionalism.’