International Trade

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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.

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08/10/2018
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One year after the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), most small and medium-sized enterprises are doing well out of it. At a round table at the EESC on 4 October 2018, on the opportunities CETA gives small and medium-sized enterprises – "Opportunities arising from CETA for SMEs" – participants identified a number of initiatives companies could still take advantage of to ensure that all SMEs can benefit from the CETA. Although the agreement has been successful overall, there are some concerns about its implementation in certain sectors – such as dairy – and its ratification.

19/03/2018
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Brexit, the next EU budget and the future of the single market are the core interests of the European employers' organisations. On 14 March 2018, representatives of BusinessEurope, EuroChambres and CEEP presented the priorities of their organisations for 2018 and discussed the issues with the members of the employers' group.

31/03/2017
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Situation de l’économie européenne, achèvement du marché unique, commerce, Brexit: telles sont les principales problématiques aux yeux des organisations patronales européennes pour les prochains mois. Le 29 mars 2017, les directeurs et secrétaires généraux de BusinessEurope, d’EuroCommerce et du Copa-Cogeca ont présenté leurs priorités et participé à un débat avec les membres du groupe des employeurs du CESE.

23/03/2017
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Importance du dialogue social, rôle des organisations patronales, situation économique des pays des Balkans, avancement du processus d’adhésion, défis politiques actuels: tels étaient les sujets principaux des discussions menées à l’occasion de la table ronde des employeurs des Balkans organisée à Ljubljana (Slovénie) ce 22 mars 2017. La manifestation a réuni des représentants des organisations patronales des pays d’ex-Yougoslavie (Slovénie, Croatie, Serbie, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Monténégro, Ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine).

27/02/2017
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Le vote du Parlement européen en faveur de l’accord économique et commercial global (AECG; acronyme anglais: CETA) ouvre un nouveau chapitre dans les relations entre le Canada et l’UE. La route qu’il lui reste à parcourir est néanmoins semée d’embûches, puisqu’il doit encore être ratifié dans tous les États membres de l’UE. Il s’agit d’un accord à caractère progressif, encourageant une croissance inclusive et porteur d’avantages substantiels pour les PME.

14/12/2016
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Le CESE considère qu’après vingt ans d’existence, l’union douanière UE-Turquie – qui fournit le cadre aux relations commerciales bilatérales – est devenue obsolète, et qu’un nouveau type d’accord commercial reflétant les besoins actuels doit être établi. Le Comité considère toujours la Turquie comme un partenaire très important, et aussi ...

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