12 July 10:00-12:30

Hybrid meeting / EESC room JDE52 & via Interactio

09:30 | Welcome coffee and testing connections (for those joining remotely via Interactio)

10:00 | Welcome

  • Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

10:05 | Session 1

  • The New TSD Communication in action

Debate of the DAGs with Maria Martin-Prat, Deputy Director-General DG Trade, European Commission, and Bernd Lange, Chair of the INTA Committee, European Parliament

Session chair: Tanja Buzek, EESC DAG coordinator

On June 22nd, the EU Commission adopted its new Communication on the TSD Review: "The power of trade partnerships: together for green and just economic growth", constituting a major re-thinking of the EU approach to its trade and sustainable development chapters.

11:05 | Session 2

  • The 1st TSD case under the Single Entry Point – Process and Procedure

Ben Vanpeperstraete, CNV as DAG member organisation

Presenting the case and  first lessons to draw

11:20 | Session 3

  • Effectiveness of the DAGs: Best practices & lessons to share

Debate with Denis Redonnet, Deputy Director-General, DG Trade, European Commission

Session chair: Axel Marx, Deputy Director - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

  • How will DAGs assist the TSD implementation and enforcement process with concrete and tangible evidence?
  • What added value do DAGs bring to us and our partners for strengthening sustainability?
  • What progress have DAGs made over past year and where do we still need to improve?

Discussion kick-off by DAG chairs: Best practices & lessons to share

  • Judith Kirton-Darling, EU-Vietnam DAG chair
  • Benedikt Wiedenhofer, EU-Andean DAG chair
  • Stephanie Ghislain, EU-CETA DAG chair
  • Tom Jenkins, EU-Korea DAG chair
  • "A special case: lessons to share from the UK DAG”: Tanja Buzek, Luisa Santos, Tina Blohm, EU-UK DAG presidency

12:20-12:30 | End of event

  • Closing remarks by Tanja Buzek and next steps


Agenda All DAGs Meeting