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The ‘Greenest’ Commission that Europe has ever seen?
How do the Commissioners-designate plan to protect forests and people and halt deforestation, both within and outside the EU? Fern follows the hearings.
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...
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...
Civil society letter on the EU/Mercosur Free Trade Deal negotiations
On April 25, European and international NGOs send an open letter to the European Commission calling for the EU to put human rights and sustainability at the forefront of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Mercosur.
Sacrificing South America’s forests on the altar of EU market access
The first trade talks between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – began almost 20 years ago. Since then they have stuttered through 28 rounds of negotiations, but this...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal
The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a...
WTO Compatibility with EU Action on Deforestation
This report asserts that, formulated with care, government policies and laws to prioritise sustainable products can be compatible with the WTO. It provides insight into how the WTO system works, fundamental principles such as...
Duty Free? Making EU tariffs Work for People and Forests
This report asks whether the EU can set lower tariffs for products identified as sustainably produced. It raises issues surrounding practical implications of doing so, such as World Trade Organisation applicability and political...