Bursting the Bubble

Bjorn Delbeecke

Bjorn Delbeecke

About Bjorn

Bjorn earned bachelor degrees in linguistics and literature, as well as philosophy, prior to his master's degree in political science, economics and law at the University of Ghent. He recently finished an internship at EUROPEN - the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment, where he worked on the revision of the legislative proposals of the Circular Economy Package. Currently, he is working on EU trade, mobility and health policy at the Government Department of Siemens.

Articles by Bjorn:

EU Dumping Policy 3: NME, MES and the Linguistic Division of Labour

9 December 2016

China was the first hybrid economy with features of a non-market economy (NME) to accede to the WTO. A statement in its Accession Protocol says that the provision alluding to NME status will “in any event” expire fifteen year after its accession, on 11 December 2016. China therefore considers receiving market economy status (MES) as […]

EU Dumping Policy 2: China’s Market Economy Status

30 November 2016

A lot of attention currently goes out to the provisions of China’s WTO Accession Protocol dealing with, as it seems, an automatic expiry of its non-market economy status in December 2016. China claims that the provision which allows for an alternative method for calculating dumping margins will no longer apply fifteen year after its date […]

automation, technology

The Great Unravelling: How Digitalisation will change Society

13 October 2016

The digitalisation of industry is a revolution. It will accelerate innovation and drive productivity. It heralds a new era and promises a future of smart manufacturing, customised products and increased coordination between supply and demand. Some, however, are more cautious about the whole thing. While the Commission presented its strategy to digitise industry and, in […]

EU Dumping Policy 1: The Fairness of the Analogue Country Method

20 September 2016

Anti-dumping legislation is based on the rhetoric of fairness. The underlying concern is that a foreign company with considerable market power in its home country could sell its products at a loss in Europe to drive out competitors and increase its prices afterwards. The goal of anti-dumping measures, therefore, is to increase import prices when […]

The Circular Economy Paradigm

13 September 2016

Improving the efficiency with which the European Union uses resources is a priority in the face of an ever increasing population and corresponding growth of consumption well above the regenerative capacity of nature. In June 2015, MEP Pietikainen said that the current way in which resources are being used is unsustainable and that we need […]