Lucian Cernat

Chief Trade Economist at the European Commission

Lucian Cernat is the Chief Trade Economist of the European Commission. Until 2008, he held various positions at the United Nations in Geneva dealing with trade and development issues. He has authored more than 20 publications on the development impact of trade policies, WTO negotiations, EU preferential market access, regional trade agreements, competition policy, corporate governance. Prior to his UN experience, he has been a trade diplomat with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and part of the negotiating team of bilateral FTAs with the EuroMed area and Baltic countries, preceding Romania's accession to the EU. Lucian Cernat obtained a PhD from University of Manchester and a postgraduate diploma from Oxford University. He is also the author ofEuropeanization, Varieties of Capitalism and Economic Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Opinion

8 March 2017
For some time, it was possible to win the hearts of trade-sceptics by providing explicit numbers reflecting the losses from protectionism, but the larger public seems to have become increasingly indifferent to evidence-based debates. In today’s world a majority of individuals appear to expect the...
7 January 2016
In their excellent survey of literature, Francois and Hoekman (2010) justifiably point to the ‘disembodiment’ literature to make the point that, because of technological advances, services became disembodied from goods where they were incorporated, and it is because of this disembodiment process...
4 November 2015
The first decades of the 21st century marked a moment in time when international trade and investment patterns evolved rapidly, revealing a complex landscape of global production chains. Services play an increasingly important role in this process not only as direct contributors to the value chain...

Bridges news

20 February 2017
À une certaine époque, il était possible de convaincre ceux qui doutaient des bienfaits du commerce au moyen de statistiques explicites reflétant le coût du protectionnisme. Il semble aujourd’hui que le grand public est devenu indifférent aux discussions fondées sur les faits. Cet article appelle à...
4 June 2012
Despite longstanding international efforts, malaria is still a public-health nightmare in many African countries . According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over three billion people are at risk of contracting malaria worldwide, with a particular high risk for people living in Africa. Every...