Investment Treaties, International regulatory cooperation
Since 2008 Senior Associate at SWP
Institute for Research on European Integration (IEIF), University of Bonn (Assistant Professor), European Institute for Public Administration (Lecturer)
Member of the strategic advisory board of the special initaitve »Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems« of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), member of the working group BMZ/BMEL Welternährung, member of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC), member of The Trade and Public Policy Network (TaPP), member of the TradeExperettes
Project Lead/Expert Reports
Sustainability covered by agricultural policy (University of Bonn), Training programme of WTO negotiators from developing countries at the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA), EU as an arctic actor (SWP), Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Bundestag), Agricultural Policy and Impact Africa (EU Commission), Sustainability challenges of the EU-Mercosur-Agreement (report for the European Parliament)
current: New geostrategic importance of agricultural trade and food security in different countries (IATRC)
It could become the world’s largest free trade area. As a condition for the EU’s unilateral requirements, the Mercosur countries are now demanding cooperation and trade benefits – rightly so, and it will set an example for other agreements, say Bettina Rudloff and Tobias Stoll.
The final conclusion of the EU-Mercosur Agreement has been pending for more than three years. For some EU states, the sustainability measures do not go far enough. Unilateral EU approaches such as the regulation for deforestation-free supply chains can provide relief – but they carry risks, say Bettina Rudloff and Tobias Stoll.
Ambitions, expectations, obstacles, and incentives
The European Council has granted Ukraine candidate status. Despite political momentum, the road into the EU will be long and arduous. What challenges do the EU and Ukraine face in preparing for accession and eventual admission? This 360 Degrees was coordinated by Nicolai von Ondarza.
Acute food shortages caused by the war in Ukraine can be absorbed, albeit at higher prices. Larger risks of crop failures may not take effect until autumn. Judicious policy measures should be prepared now, say Bettina Rudloff and Linde Götz.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, we have been witness to a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Black Sea region. At the same time, another one is already looming on the horizon in many African countries. The loss of grain and food imports means that it will be more difficult for Africans to obtain these goods and, above all, pay for them. We spoke to agricultural economist Bettina Rudloff (SWP) about why food security in Africa is often dependent on imports and what options for action exist for African and international actors. She argues that we already have valuable initiatives and tools at our disposal, but we lack a strategic approach. Cooperation with so-called non-traditional humanitarian donors such as China is also an option.