Author: Robert Francis

A week in Brussels CSDDD & forced labour Customs, RoOs Latest news Switzerland

Week in Brussels: Switzerland, forced labour, customs 

This week European Union institutions have been finalising what remains of the bloc’s packed legislative agenda before the elections in June.   The European Parliament approved the inter-institutional agreement on new forced labour legislation and adopted its position on the EU’s proposed new overhaul of its customs regime.   Parliamentarians also ratified …

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EU member states fail to approve deal on new corporate due diligence rules

EU member states were unable to approve new rules which would oblige businesses to undertake human rights, social and environmental due diligence operations across their global supply chains. It is now unclear whether there is enough time for the council and the parliament to approve the agreement before elections in …

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EU Vietnam FTA: Civil society, parliament debate rages on human rights record

Three and a half years after the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, legislators and civil society in Brussels are still at odds over whether the EU institutions are doing all they can to ensure that Hanoi upholds its commitments on human and labour rights. Pointing fingers …

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Week in Brussels: Ukraine and Moldova, Rwanda, agri-food

Whilst the world braces for what promises to be a difficult WTO ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi next week, Brussels is taking steps to finalise key legislation before the break for the EU elections in June. On Wednesday (21 February) the Council adopted its position on the EU’s planned extension …