Mercosur trade deal heightens risks to forests and human rights
The Commission has prioritised trade and profit; it is now up to the European and national parliaments to set a more positive course for human rights and forests.
Commission moves toward suspending Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU
On 11 February 2019, the EU started a process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
Since 2011 under the EBA, Cambodia...
ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...
Why the EU must follow France’s lead in the battle to protect forests
As the clocks strike midnight on 31 December 2018, those fighting to protect the Amazon Rainforests may not be cheering too loudly. The next day, Jair Bolsonaro will take office as Brazil’s new president. Amazonian deforestation...
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...