What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020
In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal. But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year.
The proposed Mercosur deal throws fuel on the Amazon fires
Hope remains: the deal can still be rejected, as a first step toward requiring that companies and consumers do better.
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.
En signant un accord de libre-échange avec le Mercosur, l’UE sacrifie les forêts et les droits sur l'autel du commerce
Bruxelles, 28/06/2019 - L'accord commercial conclu aujourd'hui entre l'Union européenne (UE) et le Mercosur, communauté économique comprenant le Brésil, l'Argentine, le Paraguay et l'Uruguay, aura des conséquences dévastatrices...
Why the European Union must halt free trade negotiations with Brazil
Sonia Guajajara, spokesperson of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples, explains the threats they currently face and ask the EU to support their struggles.
340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil
June 18, 2019, Brussels - In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina,...
International coalition calls for the EU to end its role in the assault on the Amazon
Brussels, Wednesday, April 10 - On Jair Bolsonaro’s 100th day in office, an international coalition of NGOs – including a group representing more than 300 Brazilian indigenous groups – have called for the European Union (EU) to...
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...