Social & human rights

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 …

Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Sri Lanka

In brief: Sri Lanka gets GSP+ back, Philippines fears losing it

Sri Lanka regained its lost ‘GSP Plus’ status on Friday (19 May 2017).   The country lost the preferential market access status in 2010 following government human right abuses in the context of its crackdown on the Tamil Tiger rebellion.   Since 2015, the new government under Ranil Wickremesinghe has fought hard …

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

Regulations Social & human rights

Dual use: Parliament draft report expands scope of Commission plans

The first draft of the European Parliament’s report on the EU’s current plans to overhaul its 2009 dual use export regulation goes further than the Commission’s initial proposals. The new dual use export control policy of the EU will expand export licensing requirements for certain technologies to situations where exports could …

Energy & Environment Social & human rights United States & TTIP

TACD says yes to regulatory cooperation – but not in TTIP

With noises in the background indicating that Washington and Brussels are hoping to revive the currently halted TTIP negotiations, a fresh position paper released by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of over 75 US and EU consumer organisations, has chipped into the process, arguing that in light of “vanishing citizens’ trust in trade …