Social & human rights

Insight: EU ramps up sustainable development in post-CETA trade agreements
Bilateral Energy & Environment Social & human rights

Insight: EU ramps up sustainable development in post-CETA trade agreements

Draft trade agreements currently under negotiation show the EU is ramping up its chapters on trade and sustainable development. One remaining open question is if these chapters will lead to a dispute settlement process that could lead to suspension of commercial preferences.   The EU released the latest draft chapters …

FTAs: European Parliament trade committee chief tables sanctionable labour provisions
Social & human rights

FTAs: European Parliament trade committee chief tables sanctionable labour provisions

Bernd Lange, the social-democratic German MEP who chairs the trade committee of the European Parliament, has tabled concrete legal proposals for the inclusion of sanctions mechanisms for breaches to labour rules in EU free trade agreements. The Commission is still hesitant.   The proposals were drawn up with the help of the German …

Tersen: France’s Macron will want ‘fairness’, sustainability in EU trade deals
Internal EU politics Social & human rights

Tersen: France’s Macron will want ‘fairness’, sustainability in EU trade deals

  Denis Tersen, a senior civil servant and trade policy veteran of France, tells Borderlex what to expect from the French approach to trade policy under its new president Emmanuel Macron. Tersen also offers suggestions to ensure trade policy gains back its legitimacy in the European public’s distrustful eye.   …