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ANALYSIS – EU-New Zealand FTA: sustainable development novelties

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.

A week in Brussels Anti-coercion instrument Latest news MC12 Social & human rights

Week in Brussels: forced labour ban, EU views on MC12, anti-coercion instrument

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 …

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EU continues to chide Bangladesh labour practices

The European Commission remains concerned about Bangladesh’s commitments to align its labour laws with international standards as required under the conditions of its current trading relationship with the EU, despite the country successfully ratifying relevant International Labour Conventions linked to forced labour and the minimum working age.

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Ghislain: CETA civil society work on labour, environment is best practice, improvements needed

Borderlex’s Robert Francis sat down with the chair of the EU Domestic Advisory Group under the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Stéphanie Ghislain to discuss in more detail the work of the group’s work,her views on the ‘trade and sustainable development’ chapters in EU free trade agreements.

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EU supply chain due diligence legislation contours emerging

The European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on corporate sustainability due diligence looks likely to apply to EU companies with more than 500 employees with a net turnover of more than €150 million in the last financial year. But smaller companies involved in sensitive sectors in matters related to environmental …