Wanted! Free Trade Agreements in the Service of Environmental and Climate Protection

Client/Funding Institution

Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs


The effects of international trade and investment on the planet’s climate and environment are manifold and complex. This makes the assessment of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that the EU has been concluding in great numbers since the stalemate in WTO negotiations a delicate issue. The project aims at informing the discussion on the appropriate design of FTAs to make them serve environmental and climate protection: It is going to (i) provide an overview of the prevalence and development of sustainability chapters in EU FTAs and experiences with these provisions, (ii) highlight specific environmental issues related to EU FTAs that arose repeatedly in different agreements and (iii) zoom into the EU-Mercosur FTA and will contrast the expected cost of increased CO2 emissions with the expected ‘gains from trade’.


October 2019 - March 2020

wiiw team Leader

Julia Grübler

wiiw Staff

Veronika Janyrova, Roman Stöllinger

Project Partners

Prof. Gabriele Tondl, Europainstitut an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien


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Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI