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How to tackle labour rights in the EU-Vietnam wood furniture trade
Vietnam is one of the world’s leading wood processing hubs and the European Union is a high value, strategic market for its wood and wooden furniture. Around 600,000 people are employed in wood processing and furniture manufacturing in Vietnam. Little has been said about labour rights in Vietnam’s wood sector. This report aims to rectify this. It is based on in-depth interviews with a sample of 40 workers from various sections of different wood processing and furniture manufacturing companies supplying to the EU.
Why the EU Deforestation Regulation won’t sugar coat the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement
In June 2019, after more than 20 years of tortuous negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement was agreed between the European Union (EU) and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay (European Union...
What is the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products and why should you care?
The European Union (EU) Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) - to be adopted spring 2023 - prohibits companies from putting products on the EU market unless they are deforestation-free and legally produced. It will...
It's not just about trade
A discussion about the EU-Mercosur agreement with community representatives from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
Not just about trade
Communities from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay give their views on the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement
209 Civil Society Organisations say: EU trade deals must not undermine democratic rights
In order to bypass criticism by some EU governments and parliaments, the European Commission wants to change the voting process for upcoming trade agreements with Mexico, Chile and the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina,...
What do Brazil’s election results mean for forests, rights and future EU-Brazil Partnerships?
Brazil has elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as its new President and the importance this has for the fate of the Amazon and the Peoples’ that live there, cannot be overstated.
To discuss what the election results...
Commission’s trade sanctions proposal falls short
Today, the European Commission released a proposal for improving the implementation and enforcement of environmental and labour provisions in the European Union’s (EU) Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). For the first time, the...
Palm oil production, consumption and trade patterns: The outlook from an EU perspective
Palm oil is used in nearly everything, from pizza, doughnuts and chocolate, to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick. It is also used in animal feed and as a biofuel, especially in Indonesia and the European Union (EU).