Social & human rights

CETA Energy & Environment Social & human rights

CETA: draft declaration hints at “effectively enforceable” labour and environment provisions in early revision

The German Social-Democrats were promised a declaration by trade commissioner Malmström and trade minister Freeland ahead of a coming Council meeting that aims to give the green light to the signature and ratification of CETA later this month. They are getting it. And it does not quite satisfy the demands made by Bernd …

Agriculture Social & human rights Turkey & Med

CJEU: Advocate General slams 2015 Morocco trade agreement ruling

The EU Council has increased its chances to win an appeal against a ruling by the General Court in December 2015 that invalidated a 2012 EU trade agreement with Morocco because it purportedly did not take into account human rights considerations in the territory of Western Sahara.   The Advocate General’s opinion released today …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

Rana Plaza: EU calls on Bangladesh to work harder on worker rights

In a joint statement on the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza accident in Bangladesh leaving more than thousand garment factory workers, dead, Commissioners Malmström, Thyssen and Mimica, state that there has been progress in enforcement of union rights and improvements of labour standards in the country but more needs …

Get ready for the coming EU ‘conflict minerals’ regulation
EU trade politics Social & human rights

Get ready for the coming EU ‘conflict minerals’ regulation

The ‘conflict minerals’ regulation under preparation in the EU will likely go beyond the United States’ equivalent rules under the 2010 Dodd Frank Act. Hundreds of thousands of companies could end up being required to report on their sourcing of tin, tantalum, and tungsten. Better for them to get ready now, writes James Appleyard. …

Trade, values and supply chains: the trade policy challenge ahead
Energy & Environment EU trade politics Social & human rights

Trade, values and supply chains: the trade policy challenge ahead

Trade For All’, the EU’s new trade strategy, aims to better connect ‘values’ and trade. It is part of a broader movement in this direction at global level. Corinne Vadcar outlines the dynamics shaping this trend and what are the key challenges in making trade, human rights, labour rights and environmental …

Bilateral Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

NGO FIDH calls on EU to tackle human rights with Vietnam in aftermath of EU Vietnam FTA

“In its rush to conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement with Vietnam, the EU has not only neglected to conduct a human rights impact assessment but also failed to demand an end to Hanoi’s ongoing rights violations”, FIDH President Karim Lahidji said in a statement ahead of a Human …

Agriculture EU trade politics Social & human rights

EP: adoption of report on anti-torture regulation, rejection of net neutrality, expected to massive rejection of moves to allow member states to keep GMO ban

On Tuesday, the European Parliament has overwhelmingly (90 percent) voted in favour of a report on a planned update of an existing ‘anti-torture’ regulation, which amends a 2005 text that bans goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other treatment or punishment. The report calls for tighter …