Written by Marcin Grajewski
International trade is an area where the European Union has an unquestionable global clout. It is the world’s biggest trading bloc while trade policy is an exclusive power of the EU.
The EU faces numerous challenges in the trade area, notably talks on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement with the United States, the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), an accord currently being negotiated by 24 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and, in general reviving the Doha Round of world trade negotiations.
On 8 July, the European Parliament approved its recommendations on TTIP to EU trade negotiators.
This note offers links to recent studies and reports from major international think tanks on EU trade policies, divided into a section devoted to TTIP, the most pending current trade issue and other trade matters.
General trade topics
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), July 2015
Enhancing the prospects of the EU’s deep and comprehensive free trade areas in the Mediterranean: Lessons from the Eastern Partnership Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), June 2015
The EU and China in the WTO: what contribution to the international rule of law? Reflections in light of the raw materials and rare earths disputes Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, May 2015
Whither the World Trade Organisation? Perspective of key WTO ambassadors on current challenges in global trade talks European Centre for International Political Economy, April 2015
European Policy Centre (EPC), April 2015
Bridging Asia and Europe through maritime connectivity European Institute for Asian Studies, April 2015
“Essential elements” clauses in EU trade agreements making trade work in a way that helps human rights? Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, April 2015
Cross-Strait Relations and Trade Diplomacy in East Asia Clingendael, March 2015
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, March 2015
European Centre for International Political Economy, February 2016
The Obama trade agenda: Five things for progressives to like Progressive Policy Institute, February 2015
Tariff rate quotas – Free trade or non-tariff barriers?
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, February 2015
Leader or laggard? Political determinants of the EU’s compliance with WTO dispute settlement rulings Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, January 2015
The scope of services chapters and regulatory autonomy constraints from unconditional obligations in selected EU RTAs Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, January 2015
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, December 2014
El Acuerdo de Libre comercio entre el MERCOSUR y la Unión Europea – Antecedentes y perspectivas Consejo Uruguayo para las Relaciones Internacionales, December 2014
Trade diplomacy in EU-Asia relations: Time for a rethink Clingendael, September 2014
Gains from harmonizing US and EU auto regulations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Peterson Institute for International Economics, June 2015
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), June 2015
US-EU trade negotiations: A race to the top Brookings Institution, June 2015
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), May 2015
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, May 2015
Transatlantic investment treaty protection CEPS, Center for Transatlantic Relations, March 2015
Transatlantic MRAs: Lessons for TTIP? CEPS, March 2015
Affranchir l’Europe du TTIP et du dollar Madariaga – College of Europe, March 2015
Tutti i complottismi sul TTIP Istituto Bruno Leoni, March 2015
TTIP investor rights: The many voices ignored by the Commission Corporate Europe Observatory, February 2015
CEPS, February 2015
Risks and opportunities for consumer welfare arising from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, February 2015
“ISDS” in the TTIP: The devil is in the details Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute, January 2015
TTIP- A power boost for big business Luiss School of European Political Economy, January 2015
European Centre for International Political Economy, January 2015
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, January 2015