Press conference : Greening International Trade
Presentation and discussion with
Pascal Lamy, President of the Jacques Delors Center Berlin, former head of WTO
Geneviève Pons, Director of the Jacques Delors Institute office in Brussels, former head of WWF EPO
Tuesday 3rd of September, from 12:30 am to 1:30 pm
Lunch from 1:30 pm
at the Press Club, rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
“Is trade bad for the environment?” is the simple question that was asked on July 11 to the 110 young professionals and students coming from 25 member States, who were participating to the Budapest European Agora. 40% of them answered yes. 37% answered no and 23% admitted they do not know. These results highlight the complexity of this relation. Time has come to democratise this debate and to put concrete solutions on the table. This is all the more necessary that the 2019 elections have resulted in a rebalancing of political forces at the European Parliament which will necessitate to review the trade environment nexus at EU level. Even if trade measures are not among the “first best solutions” to tackle environmental degradations, revisiting the EU stance in this area appears, both necessary and urgent, starting with climate change related aspects. This is also true about other issues such as biodiversity or ocean governance.
It is a highly complex matter, necessitating deep analytical and technical investigations in several areas, new political debates, and search for operational and implementable solutions.