Director, Multilateral Affairs, Strategy, and Economic Analysis, DG Trade, European Commission
All Sessions by Ignacio Garcia Bercero
A Strategic Union
How should the EU strategically deploy its ‘power surplus’ in advancing trade rules? [MEMBERS-ONLY]
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
The EU may not be a superpower but it holds a ‘power surplus’ when it comes to the trade-regulatory nexus. How should the EU deploy this power surplus in the pursuit of strategic interests and fundamental rights? Should it continue to project itself as a model and/or seek to ‘weaponise’ its regulatory powers in pursuit of foreign policy goals. Or should it wield this power to enhance the regulatory compatibility between its own and others’ jurisdictions through cooperation rather than relying on the passive market-based influence of the so-called Brussels effect?