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Leveraging the EU’s “power surplus” in trade and regulation

Trade,Foreign and security policy,EU institutions and policy making


Leveraging the EU’s “power surplus” in trade and regulation


The EU is increasingly called to strengthen its role as actor of global governance, in an ever-changing context characterised by the rivalry between the US and China and the urgency of finding solutions to global existential challenges such as the pandemic and climate change. Despite not being a superpower when it comes to military capacity, the EU stands out as a global regulator, and as a prominent trade partner. In a recent paper published by CEPS, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Kalypso Nicolaïdis explore possible ways in which the EU can nurture and strengthen this “power surplus” by developing a coherent approach to the external dimension of its regulatory policies; and by enhancing 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. They present six specific suggestions as to how the EU can best exercise its regulatory power through a closer integration of trade and regulatory policies.
In this seminar, they will present the main suggestions contained in the paper, and will engage in a discussion with two distinguished experts, Elizabeth Golberg and Alan Beattie, as well as with the audience.

The seminar is co-organised by CEPS and the European University Institute in the context of the TRIGGER project (TRends In Global Governance and Europe’s Role), led by CEPS and funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.


Andrea Renda Andrea Renda
Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

Speakers list
Ignacio Garcia Bercero

Director at the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG TRADE)

Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at Oxford University

Alan Beattie

World trade editor of the Financial Times

Elizabeth Golberg

Former Director of Smart Regulation in the European Commission's Secretariat-General

Steven Blockmans

Director, CEPS