The overall goal of BATModel is to improve existing trade modelling tools and approaches, equipped for the analysis of 21st century trade issues with a focus on agriculture and food to support policy analysis. The current needs of the users are to better account for previously neglected or insufficiently covered issues such as NTMs, GIs, zero trade flows and quality differentiation (as explicitly mentioned in the text of the call), as well as GVCs and distributional and sustainability impacts of trade liberalisation and trade policy. BATModel will address these shortcomings by building upon advances in international trade theory and global value chain frameworks. As a major contribution, BATModel will bridge the gap between the
established simulation models, based on the aggregate agent paradigm, and the micro evidence revealed by models that account for heterogeneity in firms, territories, producers and consumers. The enhancements enabled by BATModel will be operationally implemented through interchangeable and well-documented open-source modules. A test case of an existing free trade agreement and different case studies will be performed to assess the capability of the new modules to improve model-based assessment of agri-food trade. Ultimately, this will provide a new generation of modular trade modelling tools to support the European Commission (EC) in designing and assessing trade-related policies and international agreements.