The evolving composition of intra-EU trade over time

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry


The aim of this study is to provide a careful examination of intra-EU trade flows and to quantitatively determine shifts and compositional changes which deviate from world trade patterns. The study tries to assess whether or not some division of labour is taking place within Europe. And if so, what form of European division of labour can be observed and what are the respective reasons? And how is this division being affected by the rise of EU trade with third countries.


January 2016 - July 2016

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Amat Adarov, Manuela Engleitner, Mahdi Ghodsi, Sandra M. Leitner, Olga Pindyuk, Roman Stöllinger

Project Partners

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), The Centre for International Research and Economic Modelling (CIREM)

Keywords: trade, intra-EU, Trade flows, division of labour, Europe, third countries, competitiveness

Countries covered: EU-28, European Union

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI