EU Trade Policy in Southeast Asia

Losing credibility through double standards in Cambodia and Vietnam?

In the light of the global decline of multilateralism and the U.S.-China trade war, Southeast Asia is one of many regions where the European Union (EU) should act as a cooperative, value-based partner and promote free trade and democracy. The EU has committed itself to a new free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam but has on the other side partially withdrawn “Everything but Arms” trade preference (EBA) for products imported from Cambodia – in both cases the argument of human rights was brought forward. Economic and geopolitical interest of the EU in Vietnam as a partner in the region became evident.


During this webinar, we would like to draw lessons from these two cases of EU-trade decisions in Southeast Asia.

The roundtable will be held online with a closed group of selected experts and decision makers from Cambodia, Germany, Vietnam, and the EU Institutions. It is organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Asia and Pacific Department in Berlin and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue in Brussels.


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Carolin Löprich

Carolin Löprich

Programme Manager Democracy and Sustainable Development +32 2 66931 71 +32 2 66931 62