Follow-up

  • Interdisciplinary BOF project (December 2014 – November 2018) of a political scientist and an agricultural economist on the role of EU trade agreements in enhancing social development of the South. The title of the project is: ‘When Brussels trade politics and farm economics meet: do EU trade agreements enhance social development in the South?’ The project combines political science to study the motivations behind EU-decisions on social trade conditionality with agricultural economics to study the effects of trade conditions on the micro level. In particular the project will look into the impact of GSP+ conditionality on the coffee and banana sector in Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
  • 17 October 2014 workshop: 'Labour Standards and Sustainable Development: Unpicking the EU’s approach' at the University of Stirling. More information on the website.
  • Opinion article of Lore Van den Putte on EUObserver (2013): EU should help Bangladesh workers to unionise
  • Publication in CLEER working papers (2013) by Lore Van den Putte, Ferdi De Ville, Fabienne Bossuyt and Jan Orbie on social norms in EU trade agreements.
  • FWO fellowship (October 2012 - September 2016) for Lore Van den Putte on the EU’s promotion of social norms via bilateral trade agreements. The title of the project is: ‘The European Union’s promotion of social norms through trade agreements’. The aim of the research is twofold. As a first aim the project comparatively assesses the inclusion of social norms in all bilateral EU trade agreements since the 1990s. One of the trends noticed throughout the years is the increasing emphasis on the involvement of non-state actors in the implementation phase. Therefore as a second aim the research assesses whether the involvement of civil society in the implementation of these social norms can contribute to their effective implementation.
  • FWO fellowship (1 October 2010 - September 2014) for Bregt Saenen on the EU's role in the International Labour Organization. Title: 'A Global Social Europe? The position and impact of 'the' European Union in the International Labour Organization'. Project summary: the proposed project aims to examine the role of the European Union (EU) in global social affairs. Situated in the current debate on the social dimension of globalization and justified by a void in academic research, the project examines the position and impact of the EU in the International Labour Organization (ILO). Three interlinking questions are addressed: (1) whether the EU manages to speak with one voice in the ILO (EU convergence or divergence?), (2) whether it has an external impact in the ILO (EU as norm maker or taker?), and (3) how both these dimensions relate to one another (EU position as leverage or hindrance?).
  • HIVA - K.U. Leuven Publication 'The inclusion of labour provisions in EU’s bilateral trade and investment agreements: What about dialogue and disputes?'
  • IZA Report on the External Dimension of EU Social Policy
  • Book chapter by Jan Orbie on 'Work in Progress: The social dimension of EU-Africa relations' in The European Union in Africa: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance?, edited by Maurizio Carbone (Manchester University Press, 2013).
  • Conference: The Role of Labour Standards in Sustainable Development: Theory in Practice, 24 - 26 April 2009: conference programme
  • Panel at EUSA: The European Union in the International Labour Organization, 24 April 2009: conference programme (4,91 MB)
  • 8 August 2008: Workshop 'The European Union in the World' at University of Auckland. The workshop programme is available here