The Green Trade Network

In early 2022, IEEP created the Green Trade Network, a group of experts from over 20 European research organisations working on the trade and environment nexus. You will find here information on the network's activities as well as the editorial from its latest newsletter. Don't hesitate to subscribe!

The Green Trade Network (GTN) is a group of policy experts from 20+ European research organisations, ranging from think tanks to NGOs and academia, conducting evidence-based research and outreach activities on the trade and environment nexus. GTN member organisations are based in 9 EU Member States, but also in the United States of America, United Kingdom and Switzerland. The aim of the GTN is to collectively promote a European agenda for a better alignment of trade policies and trade-impacting measures with key environmental and climate objectives.

   


March 2022 newsletter editorial

Welcome to the first issue of the Green Trade Network’s newsletter! The Green Trade Network (GTN) is a group of policy experts from 20+ European research organisations, ranging from think tanks to NGOs and academia, conducting evidence-based research and outreach activities on the trade and environment nexus. GTN member organisations are based in 9 EU Member States, but also in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The aim of the GTN is to collectively promote a European agenda for a better alignment of trade policies and trade-impacting measures with key environmental and climate objectives. Every two months, we offer a selection of the most important news on the trade and environment nexus and highlight past and future activities of our network's researchers.

As we write, the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces continues, terribly impacting civilians and causing intolerable humanitarian loss. In response, the EU is accelerating its pursuit of « open strategic autonomy » by implementing new coercive instruments. These are aimed at strengthening the bloc’s capacity to use its market power in support of foreign policy and preserving the integrity of policies such as those contained in the European Green Deal. EU leaders have coordinated a European trade-impacting response by agreeing to request the withdrawal of trade preferences granted to Russia under GATT’s Most Favoured Nation principle at the WTO. This is a first symbolic step before applying higher tariffs on Russian goods and services (see our colleague David Kleimann’s insightful Twitter thread) and – after the European Summit in Versailles of 9 and 10 March – by deciding to rapidly shift away from Russian fossil fuel supplies

Recently the European political agenda has also been accelerating on key dossiers linked to the strengthening of sustainable European trade policy. The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is still a top priority for the French presidency of the Council, the initiative on deforestation-free products, and the long-awaited sustainable corporate governance directive (due diligence) are some examples. We will examine the EU’s response to the Russian invasion of its Ukrainian neighbour in more detail in the next edition of the newsletter.

In the sections below we focus on the latest policy developments, the EU’s political agenda for the upcoming weeks, and highlight some of the GTN’s researchers’ activities you would not want to miss, starting with the first GTN publication: a summary for decision-makers on CBAM, published on 7 March 2022. We hope you find it an informative read.

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Latest publications by the Green Trade Network

Monday, 7 March 2022
Summary for decision-makers: Four guiding principles for CBAM design and implementation

The French Presidency of the Council announced that reaching an agreement on CBAM will be one of its top priorities. As discussions have intensified both in the European Parliament and between Member States, the Green Trade Network issues this Summary for EU decision-makers highlighting four mutually reinforcing essential principles to be respected to deliver on a robust, effective and ambitious CBAM.