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EU Trade Policy: The Exclusive Versus Shared' Competence Debate

Sophie Meunier and Kalypso Nicolaïdis

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297572.003.0016
EU Trade Policy: The Exclusive Versus Shared' Competence Debate

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This chapter argues that the policy equilibrium established by the Treaty is unlikely to be sustainable due to several challenges. These are the relaunching of multilateral trade negotiations under the World Trade Organisation, the Eastward enlargement of the EU, and the proliferation of bilateral and plurilateral agreements between the EU and its trading partners. Existing policy mechanisms that should be replaced are discussed.

Keywords: European Union; trade policy; Amsterdam Treaty

Chapter.  9448 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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