EU-LDC Themes - Regional Focus
A steady increase in the number of regional
integration agreement notified to the WTO has been witnessed over
the last decade. Whether this regionalism is good or bad for the
multilateral trading system remains an issue under discussion. On
the one hand, regional trade agreements (RTAs) can lead to trade
diversion (i.e. when imports of a country outside the RTA are
replaced by imports from a less efficient country in the RTA) and
the creation of regional trading blocks at the expense of
multilateral integration. On the other hand, regional agreements can
allow countries to reach agreements on issues that are not possible
multilaterally. In turn, these RTAs can in some cases be
instrumental to advances in multilateral trade negotiations.
This section provides information and analysis of
the effects of regional agreements. In addition, it provides an
overview of important regional trade agreements and negotiations
between the European Union and (groups of) developing countries,
such as the EU-South Africa Trade Agreement, the EUís negotiations
with Mercosur countries and the trade aspects of the Cotonou
This section is organised as follows:
- Research: academic
papers, research literature, analysis and comment on regionalism,
and the link with multilateralism and related issues.
- Policy: position papers,
analysis and comment on relations between the EU and trade
agreements of LDCs.
- News: recent developments
in research, policy and projects relating to the regionalism and
- Regions: regional news relating to regionalism and trade agreements.
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way to go towards providing a comprehensive information resource.
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