Schubert Presentation at EP Committee on Development in Brussels

Dr. Schubert presented a study conducted in collaboration with Maxilimiano Mendez Parra of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Dr. Elina Brutschin at the Committee on Development of the European Parliament, Brussels, on June 20, 2016.

You can watch the entire Committee session here (Dr. Schubert's presentation starts at 29:50):

The study “focuses on the development aspects of the use of export restrictions on raw materials as well as the impact of rules that limit or prohibit their use,” for example in bilateral trade agreements with the European Union. The authors document all regulations regarding export restrictions written in the World Trade Organization’s membership requirements, international and domestic trade agreements’ regulations and analyze their interpretations. By examining the use of export restrictions by developing and least developed countries (LDCs), the authors distinguish multiple effects of export restrictions and taxes, including but not limited to: “reduction/stabilization of domestic prices,” “[additional] value added in production,” increasing government revenue,” “natural resource management,” and “management of stocks.”

The authors conclude that stricter regulations on export restrictions can negatively affect countries that apply them. They suggest that from here onwards, the EU should advise developing countries and LDCs of the possible negative effects of implementing export restrictions rather than banning their use in treaties.

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Assistant Professor Dr. Elina Brutschin works as research faculty of Webster Vienna. Her current projects include her newest book, to be published by Palgrave, "EU Gas Security Architecture. The Role of the Commission's Entrepreneurship" and an article together with Andreas Fleig (Heidelberg University), "Innovation in the Energy Sector - The Role of Fossil Fuels and Developing Economies". An expert in EU energy security, Eastern European studies and quantitative methods, Dr. Brutschin teaches courses in these areas on both undergraduate and graduate level.

Assistant Professor Dr. Samuel R. Schubert (Webster Vienna Research Faculty) has recently published the book "Energy Policies of the European Union" (Palgrave, together with J. Pollak and M. Kreutler). Besides his research focus on energy security, Dr. Schubert works, writes and teaches in the fields of Middle East Area Studies, terrorism, US foreign policy and comparative foreign policy. Dr. Schubert is a frequent guest on various radio and TV stations, such as BBC Arabic, ORF television, FM4, and PULS 4. His analyses are also regularly published in various newspapers, such as Der Standard or Die Salzburger Nachrichten.

Together, they recently published "Hot Tempers, and High Stakes: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of the Arctic" in the June edition of the renown peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science (ERSS).