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The Future of Global Trade Negotiations from a European Perspective

On the 14th June 2007

The multilateral trade negotiations have been revived after the recent backlash following the suspension of the Doha Development agenda in the June/July 2006 modalities meetings in Geneva. However, despite intense efforts to conclude the round within the current year, a tension can be felt between the multilateral trade negotiations and bilateral negotiations of various important WTO members. In the past, the European Union has been one of the most committed advocates of multilateralism. However, recently the EU has adapted its long-term strategy towards discussion and negotiation of bilateral agreements. With this shift towards bilateralism, the EU attempts to avoid the possibility of being left-out from a newly forming global “spaghetti-bowl” of bilateral trade negotiations while it risks the accusation of hampering the successful conclusion of the round.

The workshop will provide information about the main economic and political consequences of the two scenarios: a multilateral outcome versus bilateral agreements from both, an applied and a theoretical point of view. It will further highlight in a panel discussion the dilemma the EU faces currently and identify the available options and strategies to be pursued in order to achieve a beneficial outcome for Europe but also in global terms.



8:30 am : Registration and Coffee


8:45 am: Welcoming Speech (Manfred Schekulin) and Introduction Julia Wörz


9:00 - 10:30 am: Presentations

Mario Larch (IFO München): "On the Welfare Effects of bilateral versus Mulitlateral Trade and Investment Liberalization" The presentation can be downloaded here.


Joseph Francois (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz und CEPR): "Impact of Bilateral Trade Agreements versus the effect of the Doha Round on the EU" The presentation can be downloaded here.


10:30 - 10:45 am: Coffee Break


10:45 - 11:45 am: Presentation and discussion of the presentations

Maurizio Zanardi (CentER, Tilburg University): “Antidumping - Past, Present, Future” The presentation can be downloaded here.


11:45 am - 12:00 pm: Coffee Break


12: 00 - 13:30 pm: Panel Discussion

Josef Mayer (BMWA)

Paolo Garzotti (DG Trade)

Susanne Schrott (WKO)

Joseph Francois (JKU Linz)

Moderation: Michael Landesmann (wiiw)


13:30 - 14:00 pm: Informal Talks, Networking (Brötchenbuffet)


Moderation: Julia Wörz (wiiw)


The Workshop will be held in englisch.

Pictures of the 2. FIW Workshop

Welcoming words from Manfred Schekulin (BMWA, Ministerialrat) and Julia Wörz (wiiw)

The first two presentators: Mario Larch (IFO Munich) and Joeseph Francois (Johannes Keppler Universität Linz and CEPR)

Audience and presentators answering the questions

The third lecturer: Maurizio Zanardi (CentER, Tilburg University)

Concluding discussion: On the podium were Susanne Schrott (WKO), Paolo Garzotti (DG Trade), Michael Landesmann (wiiw, Moderator), Josef Mayer (BMWA, Sektionschef), Joseph Francois (JKU Linz) (from left to right)