The Una Europa Seed Funding Project ImprovEUorGlobe

The EU is proposing herself as a major actor on the international scene by systematically founding her approach to the reform processes of rules and procedures of the global economic governance on the realizations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda. The EU trade policy thus appears the most articulated, complete and innovative at world level, producing most advanced free trade agreements with highly relevant trade and sustainable development chapters combining free trade and investment promotion with environmental protection, the respect of fundamental rights, forestry, biodiversity, the fight against climate change and the attention to gender and cultural diversity issues, while developing unilateral tools as the due diligence proposal, the carbon border adjustment mechanism, the deforestation regulation, and tabling most innovative sustainability documents at the WTO reform process. Together with the EU Green Deal and the reform initiatives proposed for the Energy Charta Treaty, the EU is also facing the huge challenges of the economic sanctions against Russia and the energy and food crisis.

ImprovEUorGlobe  - “The UN 2030 Agenda in the EU Trade Policy: Improving Global Governance for a Sustainable New World” -is a Seed Funding Project funded by the Una Europa Alliance  aiming to provide for a critical interdisciplinary overview and analysis of the SDGs oriented EU trade policy, constantly considering the participation of civil society to the shaping and implementation of the EU trade policy and tools, and the EU ability to play a significant and influential role in the international political debate to promote sustainability values in international relations.

ImprovEUorGlobe involves six Una Europa Universities: Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Freie Universität Berlin, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, University of Edinburgh, Helsingin Yliopisto (The University of Helsinki) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The ImprovEUorGlobe Coordinator is Prof. Elisa Baroncini (University of Bologna), and the ImprovEUorGlobe Chair is Dr. Filippo Fontanelli (University of Edinburgh). The Academic Leads are Dr. Ana Maria Daza Vargas (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Genia Kostka (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Reetta Toivanen (The University of Helsinki), Prof. Piotr Szwedo (Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie), and Prof. Raquel Regueiro Dubra (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).