The Employers' Group welcomes the Commission's new trade strategy presented today by Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. "The European Commission listened closely to key concerns raised by Civil Society and the strategy represents a positive agenda for business" – stated Jonathan Peel, Member of the Employers' Group and the EESC rapporteur on the review of the EU Trade Policy. In his view key issues raised by the representatives of civil society were taken into account when preparing the strategy and the document is promising for the future. He underlined that EESC will continue its work on the topic in close cooperation with all stakeholders. The EESC now plans to hold a public hearing on the new strategy as part of its adoption of its own initiative opinion on the review of the EU Trade Policy (REX/449).