DP2629 EC Regionalism at the Turn of the Millennium: Towards a New Paradigm?

Author(s): André Sapir
Publication Date: November 2000
Keyword(s): Regional Trade Agreements, World Trading System
JEL(s): F13, F15
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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The paper examines the development of regional trade agreements (RTAs) between the European Community (EC) and its partners during the past decade. It finds that EC regionalism has recently entered a new phase: regional trade agreements with countries outside Europe. As a result of parallel initiatives by the United States, the world trading system finds itself in virgin, and potentially dangerous, territory.