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External action and trade policy is traditionally seen as dominated by the executive. Yet, EU trade policy has undergone a gradual process of democratization, as the powers of the European Parliament have gradually expanded. At the same time, the expansion of the scope of the EU’s exclusive powers has led to a loss of control of Member State parliaments. This shift in distribution of powers and the direction of EU trade policy have made the EU’s trade agreements subject to a tremendous intra-parliamentary and extra-parliamentary debate.

Event details of How does separation of powers impact sustainability and equality in EU trade policy?
Date 4 June 2021
Time 09:00 -16:00
Organised by Christina Eckes , Laurens Ankersmit , Piotr Krajewski

External action and trade policy is traditionally seen as dominated by the executive. Yet, EU trade policy has undergone a gradual process of democratization, as the powers of the European Parliament have gradually expanded. At the same time, the expansion of the scope of the EU’s exclusive powers has led to a loss of control of Member State parliaments. This shift in distribution of powers and the direction of EU trade policy have made the EU’s trade agreements subject to a tremendous intra-parliamentary and extra-parliamentary debate. This workshop aims to explore the implications of this new distribution of powers for the substantive content of trade agreements, as concerns in particular sustainability and inequality. Sustainability and (in)equality are chosen as much of the debate around EU trade policy in recent years concerns how international trade impacts these two issues and if EU trade agreements do enough to address this impact.

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To register your interest in attending this workshop, please email acelg@uva.nl. Thank you.