The EU in the WTO

8 Dec 2015 17:00
8 Dec 2015 19:00

On Tuesday 8 December at 17.00 the lecture series on the EU’s performance in international institutions turns its attention to EU in the WTO. The EU is generally seen as a strong advocate of free trade and multilateralism, yet in the run-up to the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Nairobi (15.-18.12.), the Doha Round remains stalled. One area with prospects is however the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA): the negotiations for the EGA started just last year and aim at removing tariffs on a broad list of environmental goods. The EU strives to include services related to environmental goods on the agreement, as well as non-tariff barriers. Indeed, the EGA links the trade agenda to the challenges that the EU is facing in maintaining its vanguard role on the parallel, environmental agenda.

The EGA thus offers an interesting prism into EU’s performance in international institutions. One may wonder how the EU seeks to combine its leadership roles in trade and environment in the merged agenda of the EGA negotiations. Will such a combination prove successful — or rather detrimental — when assessed against EU’s actions in the two policy fields of separately?


  • Monika Hencsey, Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable development, Generalized system of preferences in DG Trade
  • Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Harri Kalimo, Research Professor European Economic Governance

Registration and venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

This lecture is part of the IES Autumn Lecture Series. More information about upcoming lectures can be found on


Jamal Shahin (General Academic Coordinator)
Senior Researcher
Institute for European Studies

Anamaria Bacsin (Communications and Logistics)
Institute for European Studies
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