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The role of the European Union in the international trade and investment order

Woolcock, Stephen (2019) The role of the European Union in the international trade and investment order. Dahrendorf Forum IV (10). The Dahrendorf Forum, Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

The priority of the EU in the international trade and investment order is to provide leadership in supporting the open, rules-based order at a time when it faces its most severe test since the establishment of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) more than 70 years ago. An effective EU policy on international trade and investment is important for the EU in terms of ensuring access to future growth markets and promoting sustainable development. But at the time of major threats from both the United States and China, it is important for the EU to support an open, rules-based trading system. The EU cannot however, achieve this aim alone, and will need to cooperate with like-minded countries that share this broad aim. The EU’s capability to pursue a coherent policy in pursuit of these general aims requires the establishment of an effective trade policy regime that includes the Council of Ministers, European Commission, and European Parliament. It also requires the (re)establishment of a broad political consensus on the scope and aims of EU trade and investment policy, something that can only be achieved with the full engagement of member state governments and stakeholders in an informed debate.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 30 May 2020 23:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102821

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