A final glimpse into this week’s EU trade policy. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
Social & human rights
EU foreign affairs ministers want the European Commission to review the labour and environmental provisions of free trade agreements that are already in force.
We are entering the thick of the autumn and trade policy activity is at its highest for many months in Brussels.
A big week in EU trade. Very Asia-focused, but not only. CETA and the Energy Charter Treaty were also in focus. By Rob Francis, Chris Horseman and Iana Dreyer.
The European Commission released its long-awaited legislative proposal aiming at weeding out products from the EU’s market made with forced labour. The EU executive puts the onus on national authorities to monitor imports as well as products that have originated within the EU for signs of forced labour in their …
The European Commission is not planning to reopen negotiations with Latin American countries to amend the sustainable development chapters in agreed but not-yet ratified bilateral trade agreements. But it is planning to apply its new approach to ongoing and any new FTA negotiations.
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, very recently published a report calling on the European Commission to set up “a new and separate complaint-handling portal for alleged human rights abuses” in countries with whom the European Union has a trade agreement.
This article introduces the ‘sustainable development’ aspects within the recently concluded EU New Zealand FTA. The analysis is based on the draft text of the treaty published very recently by the European Commission. By Rob Francis, with a little bit of extra input from Iana Dreyer.
The European Commission today announced that it will introduce sanctions as a last resort in cases where free trade agreement partners persistently violate core international labour conventions as well as the Paris climate agreement.
One can’t say the European Parliament is not working diligently. It shows in this week’s range of trade-related activities. It approved lifting import duties on Ukraine and expedited its work on the GSP regulation overhaul. Below is a selection of what else happened on trade in parliament this week. By …