DP1182 Trade Performance and Trade Policy in Central and Eastern Europe

Author(s): Zdenek Drábek, Alasdair Smith
Publication Date: May 1995
Keyword(s): Central and Eastern Europe, Economic Reform, European Integration, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Liberalization
JEL(s): F13, F14, F15
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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The radical liberalization of foreign trade in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989 has been a key part of the economic reform and has been accompanied by a full-scale geographical reorientation of international trade from East to West. Increased trade with the EU has been associated with remarkably little change in the structure of that trade, which suggests that policy should be oriented towards facilitating rather than slowing industrial adjustment. Future trade policy priorities should include continued liberalization, better coordination of trade and exchange rate policy, the attraction of foreign direct investment, resistance to pressures for selective protection, further development of trade relations with the EU and of intra-regional trade relations, and full participation in the WTO.