CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Monday June 30, 2014
17 h 00 à 19 h 00
Is regulatory convergence feasible? Is it desirable?

Lucian Cernat

Lucian Cernat,
European Commission

Peter Chase Peter H. Chase,
US Chamber of Commerce (tbc)
Bernard Hoekmann Bernard Hoekman,
European University Institute
SE LEE Hye-Min SE Lee Hye-Min,
Ambassador of Korea in France
Sébastien Jean Sébastien Jean,
CEPII - Chair

Regulations flourish in modern economies, as requirements become more stringent in diverse and fundamental areas such as health, environment, safety, or financial security. Increasingly, these issues are taking centre stage in trade negotiations, since differences and inconsistencies may significantly hamper trade flows. While recent agreements have covered new grounds in this respect, on-going negotiations also show how difficult moving toward regulatory convergence is in practice. The Transatlantic negotiation is an obvious case in point. In addition to technical concerns, these difficulties have to do with the legitimacy of trade negotiations when it comes to influencing regulatory practices. Culture, institutions and collective preferences may lead to different but legitimate choices, without any particular system being clearly preferable to another. While the aim of fighting discrimination is easily shared, putting it into practice is far from being straightforward.


CEPII and PSE invite you to meet International Trade experts and discuss the issues of present negociations as well as the options for regulatory convergence.


This conference will be held in English - 40 available seets - conferences@cepii.fr

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