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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 …

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

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

Commission publishes report on GSP Plus countries’ compliance with sustainability rules

The Commission has published a report on the fourteen countries GSP Plus for their compliance with the international conventions on human and labour rights and environment. Compliance is a a prerequisite to benefit from greater trade preferences under the EU’s General System of Preferences for developing countries.   “Six countries …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

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 policy 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 …

Agriculture EU trade policy Social & human rights

European Parliament to take decisions on anti-torture regulation, national GMO bans and Novel foods

This morning, the European Parliament is debating the so-called 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 will be put to a vote on Tuesday 27 October. The planned proposals call for a …