The YES! team of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster

Our team for the YES! 2016

 

YES! Team Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster

The YES! team of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster. Picture: (c) Kai Meinke

 

This year we send 10 active pupils to the YES!. Besides the experienced participants from last year, Svenja Sachau, Joschua Fechner and Tim Sekulic, 7 additional active pupils form the grade 10, Sarah Dibbern, Luise Mittelstät, Christin Wollny, Jannis Holstein, Jonathan Kurczinski, Loris Stoffers and Fabian Urzua, where chosen by the teaching staff and the initiator Jens Finger, to represent the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule and to work for target orientated approaches for our society.

 

“Everybody must have the courage to his opinion.“ the example of our school, Alexander von Humboldt, was convinced by this statement and so we also want to portray our opinion, ideas, suggestions and our position to our Topic: Making Trade Agreements work for the citizens. How an ideal Trade Agreement could look like.

 

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YES! 2016 Topic

Trade Agreements

Your Economy

Making Trade Agreements Work for Citizens. How an Ideal Trade Agreement Could Look Like

 

Trade agreements though being targeted to raise the welfare of all participants are increasingly difficult to negotiate between countries. A global agreement which includes all countries like the Doha Round is stuck in an impasse for more than a decade. But also bilateral agreements like the agreement between the EU and the US (TTIP) face enormous resistance. What is new compared to previous agreements is that not only the “usual culprits” of vested interest groups like domestic producers fight against opening borders to new competitors. The new source of resistance is the well-informed citizen. He or she fears a de-democratization of rulemaking, a race to the bottom in consumer protection, a degradation of social standards and the violation of environmental sustainability.

 

Unlike in the past when trade agreements were decided at the producer level with a strong mercantilist undertone ( “exports are good but imports costs jobs”), the agreement of the future has to include the citizen as a stakeholder form the very beginning. The divergence of his interests from being a consumer, a job owner, a campaigner for public goods like the environment to simply a sceptic against too rapid globalization requires compromises between conflicting targets like efficiency, equity and fairness.

 

How could an ideal trade agreement look like under such preconditions? Should it be bilateral, multilateral (with more than two partners) or global? Should it address conflicting targets or should it concentrate on efficiency goals like in the past leaving other objectives to other agreements? Should it be reversible or irreversible? Who should be the guardian or trustee of those parties who do not sit in the negotiation room?

 

Das Thema „Making Trade Agreements Work for Citizens. How an Ideal Trade Agreement Could Look Like“ stammt von Forschenden des Instituts für Weltwirtschaft.

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