Trump talked the talk during his first year in office, threatening to overturn old assumptions and agreements, but did little about it. Now, in his second year as president, Trump is walking the walk, putting his campaign rhetoric into action. And Europe is feeling the impact. Europe wants to avert a full-blown trade war, but the risk of a Pyrrhic escalation is real, something markets fear.
By Riccardo Trobbiani - Trade policy is an important tool for addressing these challenges, as well as a field in which the EU enjoys exclusive competence 1 and extensive experience.
Unfortunately, EU policy makers frequently neglect this important topic. However, existing trade barriers and legal uncertainties stemming from outdated and limited regulatory frameworks, such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services, may hinder the use and development of such technologies.
The complaint stemmed from a ban imposed by some European countries on the import of certain genetically modified organisms. These restrictive measures were taken without producing appropriate science-based risk assessments, as required by the World Trade Organization WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
This strategy underlines the importance of liberalizing trade in services as well as opening the European market to foreign companies and enhanced foreign investment. The strategy is expected to boost innovation within EU companies through increased competition and increased exchanges of people and information.
This communication mentioned trade in a very marginal way, promising coordination with other EU policies in order to support foreign policy goals, inter alia with trade. Removal of trade barriers in certain unspecified sectors was cited briefly as a tool facilitating innovation.
Unfortunately, this document was intended to spur internal debate rather than to actually design strategies, and does not express the official views of the EC.
Of course, DG RTD can participate in inter-service cooperation mechanisms set up in the EU policy-making process, such as Inter-Service Groups, to steer and help prepare impact assessments of future trade agreements. Additionally, inter-service consultations are carried out on specific issues during the negotiation process by the lead negotiating directorate-general normally DG Trade.
Also, broader bilateral treaties such as EU Association Agreements often include science and technology cooperation deals that fall under the DG RTD but are mostly treated separately from trade negotiations. First, conceptual issues do not enter trade negotiations, and are at times taken for granted, such as the impact of IPR protection in FTAs on EU research and innovation carried out by the IP-intensive industries, universities, and research centers.
Second, academia has shown little or no interest in conceptualizing this issue at the policy and trade negotiation level. Technical Standards Technical standards governing the production and exchange of goods and services address an expanding array of regulatory, technological, safety, health, and environmental issues.
These standards cannot be defined by trade negotiators alone, often requiring scientific experts to help define them. However, scientific evidence is not always the primary factor determining restrictive measures on trade, with political and economic factors sometimes overtaking these considerations.
In certain cases, the independence of science itself can be challenged through the use of scientific evidence to support commercial interests. Such efforts often work against trade liberalization by invoking health and safety concerns as a guise for protectionism. One long-standing, and still unresolved, example involves a recent application of sanitary and phytosanitary SPS measures on food and feed safety, animal health, and plant health.
During a WTO dispute settlement, the panel overseeing a case will typically consult scientific experts to clarify whether protection measures are justified by solid evidence.
The WTO ruled, inagainst the EU, inter alia for not having produced a proper scientific risk assessment. An expert group for SPS relations with non-EU countries supports increased scientific, technical, and economic advice during the negotiation and implementation of FTAs and other agreements.
These FTAs focus primarily on procedural issues, interpretation of WTO provisions, and development of mutual recognition with third countries. One important answer involves the protection of IP. For example, provisions protecting patents in EU FTAs are critical for enabling the pharmaceutical sector to create innovative medicines.
Preferential trade agreements have been identified as one tool to address this situation, and provisions for the protection of IPRs are included in most agreements negotiated by the EC with third countries.
Some have promoted regulatory convergence with the EU e. The level of IPR protection in Canada is considerably lower than in the EU and was widely perceived by stakeholders as insufficient, particularly regarding IPR enforcement. A process open to all stakeholders in IP-sensitive sectors should accompany the whole policy-making process of trade negotiations.
This is consistent with EU efforts to improve the transparency of trade talks, which are often contested by civil society and public opinion for their secrecy and content. ACTA, a multilateral treaty aimed at strict enforcement of IPR, was initiated by the United States, the EU and twenty-two of its member states touching as it did on shared competenciesand eight other partners.
The treaty was negotiated quietly and without extensive consultations, while including only big players like the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and major technology companies in Silicon Valley. It was perceived publicly to cover many sensitive topics related to internet and communication privacy, freedom of expression, and access to medicines.
After several negotiation documents were leaked, opposition from civil society organizations and the public mounted due to the perceptions of threat to internet and civil liberties and lack of consultation, peaking in a mass protest in early as the EU and twenty-two member states prepared to sign the treaty.
Those opposing the negotiations, including almost a hundred international academics, scientists, and ICT experts, signed a joint statement that declared the treaty a threat to both civil liberties and innovation, particularly on global challenges like green technologies.Negotiations on future EU-UK relations.
The UK’s future relations with the EU will be detailed in a separate agreement from the withdrawal agreement currently being negotiated, but the withdrawal agreement will contain a political declaration on the framework for future EU-UK relations.
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President Donald Trump is opening up a two-front trade negotiations over newly proposed tariffs that could have major consequences for the US economy. Talks with the European Union .