The European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) describes itself as 'an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe'. It was founded in 2006 by Fredrik Erixon and Razeen Sally.
Criticising German Economic Policy
In May 2010 ECIPE argued that Germany's decision to place a ban on speculative short-selling of securities should be challenged at the World Trade Organization if it is viewed as excessive, ECIPE argued that the move 'could mean that Germany was flouting its commitments in the WTO on market access in financial services'.
ECIPE argued that Germany's ban was not covered by the 'prudential carve-out', that 'allows members to take special measures to ensure the integrity and stability of their financial systems'.A spokesman for ECIPE said:
- The German ban is not a prudential regulation, which typically aims at protecting depositors and protects financial systems from excessive risk-taking.
- In short, the ban is against the founding principles of the WTO and the European Union — to stop disguised or poorly designed domestic regulations that restrict trade, worsen economic crisis and spread it to neighbors [sic].
Peter Draper – Senior Fellow | Iana Dreyer – Trade Policy Analyst | Guy de Jonquières – Senior Fellow | Fredrik Erixon – Director | Andreas Freytag – Senior Fellow | Stuart Harbinson – Senior Fellow | David Henderson – Senior Fellow | Lior Herman – Research Associate | Brian Hindley – Senior Fellow | Arastou Khatibi - Research Associate | Peter Kleen – Senior Fellow | Hosuk Lee-Makiyama – Director | Anna Lindelöf - Head of Communications | Erik van der Marel – Research Associate | Johan Norberg – Senior Fellow | Gernot Pehnelt – Research Associate | Alan Oxley – Senior Fellow | Razeen Sally - Director | Pierre Sauvé – Senior Fellow | Pierre-Olivier Legault Tremblay – Research Assistant | Valentin Zahrnt – Research Associate
Roderick Abbott – former Deputy Director General of the WTO | Lars Anell – former Chairman of GATT, Swedish Ambassador to Brussels and Geneva | Prema-Chandra Athukorala – Professor, Australian National University | Harvey Bale Jr – Director-General, IFPMA; President Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) | Claude Barfield – Director, American Enterprise Institute | Erik Belfrage – Senior Vice President, SEB | Alex Capri – Partner, Trade & Customs Services, Asia Pacific, KPMG | John A Cooke – Chairman, LOTIS, International Financial Services, London | Paul Collier – Professor, Oxford University | Hugh Corbet – President, Cordell Hull Institute | Barry Desker – Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU | Ulf Dinkelspiel – former Minister of Trade, Sweden | Juergen B. Donges – Professor, University of Cologne | Peter Draper – Programme Director, South African Institute of International Affairs | Fan Gang – Professor, National Economic Research Institute, China | Brigitte Granville – Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London | David Henderson – Professor, Westminster Business School | Brian Hindley – Professor, LSE | Gary Horlick – Partner, Wilmer Hale | Douglas Irwin – Professor, Dartmouth College | Alejandro Jara – Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization | Chulsu Kim – Chairman, Institute for Trade and Investment, Seoul; former Deputy Director General of the WTO | Peter Kleen – former Director-General, National Board of Trade, Sweden | Deepak Lal – Professor, UCLA | Rolf J. Langhammer – Vice-President, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy | Frank Lavin - Former Under Secretary for of Commerce in the US government | Robert Lawrence – Professor, Harvard University | Jean-Pierre Lehmann – Professor, IMD/Evian Group | Brink Lindsey – Vice-President, Cato Institute | Robert Litan – Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Vice President for Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation | Mário Marconini – Former Foreign Trade Secretary, Brazil; President, ManattJones Marconini Global Strategies | Patrick Messerlin – Professor GEM, Sciences Po (Chairman) | Greg Mills – Brenthurst Foundation | Hugh Morgan – Immediate Past President of Business Council of Australia; CEO of First Charnock | S. Narayan – former Union Finance Secretary and Secretary to the Prime Minister, India | Geoffrey Owen – London School of Economics | Alan Oxley – former Chairman of GATT | Robert Paarlberg – Professor, Wellesley College/Harvard University | Ruth Richardson – former Minister of Finance, New Zealand | Christopher Roberts – Covington & Burling/European Service Forum | Jim Rollo – Professor, University of Sussex | Gary Sampson – Melbourne Business School | Clive Stanbrook – Partner, McDemott, Will & Emery | Andrew Stoler – Executive Director, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide, Australia; former Deputy Director-General of WTO (1999-2002) | Bob Vastine – President, Coalition of Service Industries | Edwin Vermulst – Partner, Vermulst, Verhaeghe & Graafsma Advocaten | Catherine Windels – Director, Pfizer | Steven Woolcock – Director of the International Trade Policy Unit, London School of Economics
Roderick Abbott – former Deputy Director General of the WTO | Lars Anell – former Chairman of GATT, Swedish Ambassador to Brussels and Geneva | Ulf Dinkelspiel – former Minister of Trade, Sweden | Patrick Messerlin – Chairman, Professor, Sciences Po
Board of Trustees
- ECIPE, About Us, European Centre for International Political Economy, Accessed 13-May-2010
- Reuters, Germany short-sell ban may get WTO challenge: ECIPE, The China Post, 22-May-2010