Sustainability should be key in trade negotiations

cop21At the end of this year, nearly 200 nations hope to negotiate a 15-year agreement that will foster change towards a sustainable low-carbon economy and establish obligations for all nations. Previously reluctant nations have already offered ambitious reduction targets and the European Union continues to be the most daring actor. Business will play a key role in the implementation. This will be an opportunity for strategic actors to voice their views on possible impacts over free trade agreements, among which the Mercosur-EU FTA. Old attitudes, barriers and reservations will have to be revisited in order to look for win-win scenarios.

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Upcoming Event: “European Energy Union – are we getting closer to connecting the grid?”

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23 April 2015
12:00-14:00h

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

Although European integration in the early 1950s started around energy issues, this topic has ever since been hampered by narrow national interests and a lack of coordination. Central and Eastern Europe serves as point in case – it is a region heavily energy-dependent on Russia, yet we can observe very diverging positions of these countries. Continue reading