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A brief presentation: A bridge towards Asia

Since its foundation in 1998, the Groupe d'Economie Mondiale (GEM) has worked on a whole range of trade issues and regulatory reforms, and developed a few specific programs on agriculture, biofuels, water among others (see here).
Since 2010, GEM has greatly developed its activities on and in East Asia, with conferences in Europe involving economists from East Asia, and with the participation of its affiliates to many events in East Asia.

These activities will continue to grow, thanks to the increasing number of GEM regular partners in East Asia. In particular, GEM has initiated an East Asia-EU Roundtable with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Korea's Seoul National University (SNU) and Japan's Research Institute of Economics, Trade and Industry (RIETI) as its key Asian partners. The Roundtable has already met twice (Brussels December 2012, Beijing January 2014) and it will meet a third time in August 2014 (Adelaide, Australia) in the context of the Australian G20 Summit. GEM-affiliated scholars are regularly exposed to audiences in East Asia, including in popular media/TV programmes, such as Korea's Arirang Heart to Heart (P. Messerlin, June 2013, see events). (more...)

Latest publications

Basedow, Robert, "La réforme de la protection d' investissements sous le PTCI et l'AECG", policy brief, January 14, 2015.

Messerlin, Patrick A., Parc, Jimmyn, "The effect of screen quotas and subsidy regime on cultural industry: a case study of French and Korean film industries", Journal of International Business and Economy (2014) 15(2): 57-73 (17 pages).

Parc, Jimmyn, "A Retrospective on the Korean Film Policies: Return of the Jedi". Working Paper. Sciences Po Paris and EU Center, Seoul National University. September 2014. (Version française)

Messerlin, Patrick A., "La Francophonie économique : Que peut-elle faire, que devrait-elle faire ?", a GEM Working Paper, October 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A.,"The French Audiovisual Policy: An evaluation", GEM Working Paper, September 2014. (French version).

Parc, Jimmyn, and Moon, Hwy-Chang, "Korean dramas and films: Key factors for their International competitiveness". Asian Journal of Social Science 41(2): 126–149. (2013)

Hallaert, Jean-Jacques, "Importing growth: the critical role of imports in a trade-led growth strategy", A GEM policy Brief, August 18, 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A., "Accelerating Mega-FTA Negotiations and the World Trade Regime," Kokusai Mondai (International Affairs), No.632, June 2014. (Japanese).

Messerlin, Patrick A., "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Developing Countries", a GEM policy brief, May 22, 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A., "Negotiating Mega-Agreements: Lessons from the EU", a GEM policy brief, May 8, 2014.

Findlay, Christopher , Sorescu, Silvia and Umana Dajud, Camilo, "Markets are smart! Structural reforms and country risk", a University of Adelaide, OECD and GEM Working Paper, April 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A., "L'Union européenne, la France et leurs partenaires d'Asie Pacifique", a GEM policy brief, April 16, 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A., "The Japan-EU Negotiations on Railway", A GEM policy Brief, April 12, 2014.

Lalevée, Fabrice, "L'avenir du cinéma français: Le crépuscule des Dieux ?", a GEM policy brief, February 27, 2014.

Ahn Dukgeun, Messerlin, Patrick A., "United States – Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Shrimp and Diamond Sawblades from China: never ending zeroing in the WTO?", World Trade Review, March 2014, pp 1 - 13. Available on CJO 2014 doi: 10.1017/S1474745614000020.

Buege, Max, Messerlin, Patrick A., "Le Partenariat Transatlantique de Commerce et d'Investissement à l'ère des 'méga-zones de libre-échange'", Policy Brief, January 2014. Executive Summary in English and German.

Messerlin, Patrick A., "East Asia and the EU: Which Contribution to the World Trade System?", Policy Brief presented at the Second East Asia-EU Round Table, January 29, 2014.

Messerlin, Patrick A., Hong Seung Pyo, "North Korea's Trade Policy: Constraints and Available Options". Policy Brief, January 29, 2014 (revised version of "Trade Policy as Trust Building in the Korean Peninsula", released September 28, 2013).

Messerlin, Patrick A., "The Much Needed EU Pivoting to East Asia", The European Financial Review, August 20, 2013. Background paper: Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies Vol. 10 No. 2, Winter 2012.

Hallaert, Jean-Jacques, "Revamping the Aid for Trade Initiative: Why is it necessary? What can be done?", in GREAT Insights, Volume 2, Issue 5, Juillet-Aout 2013.



June 19, 2014: "Cashing in on cotton: can west Africa ever compete with US subsidies?" in The Guardian, an op'ed by Claire Delpeuch, Antoine Leblois and Ben Shepherd

May 19, 2014: Patrick Messerlin in Métronews: "Elections européennes : faut-il avoir peur du traité transatlantique ?", an article by Julie Mendel and Nicolas Vanel.

May 14, 2014: Patrick Messerlin in Les Echos "Industries culturelles : la grenouille ou le boeuf ?" .

Messerlin, Patrick A.,"Cultural industries: playing frog or playing ox?" a GEM Op'Ed, "« Industries culturelles » : grenouille ou bœuf ?", un Op'Ed du GEM, April 3rd, 2014.

February 27, 2014: "The Future of French cinema: Twilight of the Gods?", a GEM Op'Ed.


October 21, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "North Korean Trade Policy Constraints and Options" at the "Korea at the Crossroads: Geopolitics, Economics and Political System" Conference, organised by Asia Centre, Institute of Korean Studies at Collège de France Academy of Korean Studies. Background paper: "North Korea Trade Policy: Constraints and Options", 2013.

June 17, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "Prospects for EU-China Trade, The EU-China FTA and China's free trade zones", British Cabinet Office, London, UK.

June 13, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "Europe and the Asia Pacific", Carnegie Europe, Brussels, Belgium.

May 21, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "The TTIP and developing countries", The World Bank, Washington DC, USA.

May 8, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "The WTO Deal in Bali and Shift Towards Mega-Regionals - Missed Opportunities?" at the "The State of the Union 2014" Conference, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

April 28, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "Multilatéralisme, plurilatéralisme et bilatéralisme : quels scénarii pour le futur de la libéralisation commerciale ?", a symposium organized by the European Centre for Law and Economics on "International trade issues for France and Europe", ESSEC, Paris, France.

April 24, 2014: Patrick Messerlin on "Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative: An European Perspective", at the "Korea-EU Cooperation for Peace and Regional Development in Northeast Asia" Conference, HUFS-HRI EU Centre, Seoul, South Korea.

April 22, 2014: Patrick Messerlin, moderator on "Back to Modernity in the EU?" and speaker on "Global Financial Order After 2008", Asan Plenum 2014 organized by the Asan Institute for Policy studies, Seoul, South Korea.



    "Common Agricultural Policy -
    Efficiency, Equity and Transparency
    A GEM-Goethe Universität project
    English, Français, Deutsch
    Conference "The 2020 European agriculture"
    A GEM-German Marshall Fund initiative
    English , français


"Reform in International Transport Services" (RITS)
A joint GEM-WTO Services Division initiative

    "Global Trade and Financial Architecture"
    A World Bank-DFID project


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