The EU’s trade policy is undergoing change. External events, including growing protectionism and defensive trade policies, have forced the EU to take a more active role in promoting a positive vision of trade. Within member states, citizens have led calls for greater transparency and public engagement on trade issues, including the content of trade agreements.

The implications of this shift in EU trade policy for third countries has not yet been adequately investigated. The EU’s increased interest in transparency, accountability and a progressive trade policy will have profound effects on third countries, with a flow-on effect for bilateral and multilateral negotiations. Examples of this include the EU’s renewed interest in trade agreement chapters on the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental and labour protections.

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This project aims to:  

1. broaden and enhance public understanding of the EU and inform national debate about Australian and third country engagement with the EU, specifically regarding the EU’s trade policy agenda, its origins and impacts;  

2. foster a community of scholars (in Australia and elsewhere) with expertise on third-country trade relations with the EU; and

3. engage the policy community and influence policymaking in third countries in relation to EU trade.

Updated:  12 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications