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.
Dropping rubber from the EU’s deforestation-free supply chain regulation is not an option
Increased deforestation and farmer poverty would likely result from Commission’s failure to include this commodity in due diligence rules right from the start.
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.
Ministries split on the Forest Strategy
Member State governments must be fearless in putting forests, climate and public interests dead centre in the upcoming discussion on the Forest Strategy.
FLEGT and EUTR Fitness Checks: Continued lack of transparency about EU plans
Ironically, the future of the programme that insisted on openness in partner countries’ forest sectors is frustratingly opaque.
EU-Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana dialogue on sustainable cocoa production and trade
This letter was sent to Hon. Patrick Jerome Achi, Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire; Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Cocoa Board; H.E. Diana Acconcia, EU Ambassador to Ghana; Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto,...
Forest Strategy: encouraging but too timid to face up to the challenge
Recognising the importance of forests in the fight against climate change, the European Commission released its new Forest Strategy as part of the Fit for 55 package. It provides the first holistic European vision for how to...
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
Today, the European Commission released its revised 2030 climate and energy package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...
As the first round of EU-Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cocoa Talks wraps up, the way ahead is still unclear
The EU, Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire must commit to concrete actions when talks resume after autumn 2021.