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Smallholders and civil society must be an integral part of EU support for Vietnam’s due diligence implementation
Increasing civil society and smallholder capacity and participation is essential to the success of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and implementation of the EU Deforestation Regulation.
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,...
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...
A step in the right direction
The EU’s climate and human rights ambitions have long been thwarted by its free trade policies. The Commission is now showing signs of rectifying this, but it has some way to go say eight leading NGOs.
Recommendations for the effective implementation of TSD Chapters
As a powerful trade player, and one that has developed strong and cooperative relationships with its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners, the EU is well placed to use its market power to improve the implementation and enforcement...
FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
Fears the EU-Indonesia trade agreement won’t learn from mistakes of the past
There are parallels with the problematic Mercosur-EU trade agreement as Indonesian NGOs reveal the lack of an impact assessment and concerns about human rights impacts.
So far, EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement delivers only for trade
Civil society’s fears that human rights and the environment would lose out now appear well founded.
Bolsonaro under scrutiny in The Hague for crimes against humanity, genocide and possibly ecocide
Jair Bolsonaro is finally facing global opposition to the destruction he has wrought, so why is the EU still considering signing the Mercosur trade deal?