Could the palm oil arrangement between Indonesia and Switzerland offer lessons for EU and Indonesia free trade agreement negotiations?
The agreement innovates by linking tariff reductions to sustainability – but fails to integrate governance reform.
EU Watchdog points to Commission “maladministration” in Mercosur sustainability debacle
What is the point of an impact study carried out after the fact?
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
EU Commission reprimanded for failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
Environmental and human rights organisations have welcomed today’s European Ombudsman finding of maladministration by the Commission. It found that the Commission failed to complete a timely assessment of the social and...
EU Trade Policy Review lacks the teeth to make trade sustainable
The first trade and sustainable development dispute panel decision exposes the limits of sustainable development chapters in trade agreements.
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review highlights the need to eradicate deforestation from its trade flows. If the EU is to achieve its commitment to end deforestation by 2020, fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals...
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Can the EU-Mercosur agreement be used to stop Bolsonaro’s attack on forests and Indigenous Peoples?
Significant developments with the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement in recent weeks will reveal whether the possibility of the deal being placed in the deep-freeze is enough to unlock a change of course in Brazil.
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Mercosur disarray exposes EU Trade policy weakness
Germany has at last acknowledged that the EU-Mercosur deal is toxic, joining a growing number of Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) that have expressed concerns – and also revealing the...
EU-Mercosur trade deal: What does it mean for Brazil?
Brazil's environmental policies affect some of the world’s most important forests and can have a devastating effect on the traditional communities that live in and off them. This has a knock-on effect on the climate, our planet,...