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International trade is governed by a complex mixture of global rules agreed under World Trade Organization and bilateral and multilateral agreements. The free trade agreements are having a growing impact on citizens' rights. Under the Lisbon Treaty, EU trade policy must be conducted within the framework of the principles and objectives of the Union’s external action, including promotion of the rule of law, human rights and sustainable development.

We believe that this trend should be a guiding principle in EU trade negotiations and in trade relations. The fact that we at the EESC reconcile the positions and views of business, workers, professionals, farmers, consumers and other important stakeholders contributes real added value. We are in a position to efficiently relay the opinions of civil society and interest groups to international policy-makers both during negotiations and in the implementation of trade agreements. We have set up a Follow-up Committee on International trade to ensure that civil society has a say in the shaping of EU trade policy. We are also managing the Domestic Advisory groups set up under the trade and sustainable development chapters of the EU "new generation" trade agreements. These groups, composed of civil society representatives (from inside and outside the EESC) are responsible for identifying trade and sustainable development-related problems in the implementation of a trade agreement.

  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 10/12/2014
    Viide
    REX/424-EESC-0000-01-01
    Plenary session number
    503
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    Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports (codification)

    Common rules for imports
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 10/12/2014
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    REX/425-EESC-0000-01-01
    Plenary session number
    503
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    Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports from certain third countries (recast)

    Common rules for imports from certain third countries
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 10/12/2014
    Viide
    REX/428-EESC-0000-01-01
    Plenary session number
    503
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    Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the measures that the Union may take following a report adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body concerning anti-dumping and anti-subsidy matters (codification)

    Measures concerning anti-dumping and anti-subsidy matters
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 10/12/2014
    Viide
    REX/423-EESC-0000-01-01
    Plenary session number
    503
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    Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for exports (codification)

    Common rules for exports
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 10/12/2014
    Viide
    REX/422-EESC-0000-01-01
    Plenary session number
    503
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    Draft Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safeguard measures provided for in the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Iceland (codification)

    Safeguard measures provided for in the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Iceland
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 29/09/2014
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    REX/410-EESC-2015-01-01-eesc-2014-04461-00-01-ac-tra
    Employers - GR I
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    506
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    The EESC opinion will be dedicated to standalone investment agreements, with a particular emphasis on issues related to sustainable development and civil society involvement. It will contribute to the on-going discussion on the content and level of ambition of sustainable development chapters in the EU standalone investment agreements, as well as on civil society role in the course of negotiations and at the implementation stage.

    EESC opinion: Role for sustainable development and civil society involvement in stand-alone EU investment agreements with third countries
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 04/06/2014
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    REX/390-EESC-2014-01-01-5469
    Employers - GR I
    Poland
    Workers - GR II
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    499
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    The main goal of the opinion is to provide a good and qualitative source of information and opinion in the beginning of TTIP negotiations process.

    Transatlantic trade relations and the EESC's views on an enhanced cooperation and eventual EU-US FTA
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 17/10/2013
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    REX/383-EESC-2013-01-01-2070
    Employers - GR I
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    493
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    The opinion will be making recommendations where weaknesses become apparent. Since the EESC proposed this opinion the European Commission has also announced a public hearing on potential EU initiative for responsible sourcing of minerals coming from conflict-affected and high-risk areas – war zones, post-war zones, and areas vulnerable to political instability or civil unrest. The opinion on essential imports could include the EESC contribution to this initiative.
    Securing essential imports for the EU - through current EU trade and related policies
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 13/05/2013
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    REX/378-EESC-2013-3361
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    496
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    The opinion will seek to examine how trade relations with the region can best be developed by means of a first example country, which is Morocco. Trade relations with Morocco stand out as a priority because the EU currently has the closest trade links with Morocco of all the countries in the region.

    EU-Morocco Trade Relations
  • Vastuvõetud arvamused on 18/09/2012
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    REX/359-EESC-2012-770
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    483
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    • The EESC acknowledges the quality of civil society's contribution prior to publication of the communication, as well as the efforts made by the Commission to implement the trade-related aspects of the Agenda for Change.
    Trade, growth and development