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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.

  • Elfogadott vélemények on 08/12/2011
    Hivatkozás
    REX/342-EESC-2011-01-01-1868
    Employers - GR I
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    476
    -
    Scheme of generalised tariff preferences
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 07/12/2011
    Hivatkozás
    REX/331-EESC-2011-1866
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Trade, Growth and World Affairs – Trade policy as a core component of the EU's 2020 strategy
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 15/06/2011
    Hivatkozás
    REX/315-EESC-2011-01-01-1009
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    472
    -
    Towards an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 05/05/2011
    Hivatkozás
    REX/313-EESC-2011-818
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    471
    -
    Sustainability impact assessments (SIA) and EU trade policy
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 05/05/2011
    Hivatkozás
    REX/313-EESC-2011-818
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    471
    -
    Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIA) and EU Trade Policy
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 04/05/2011
    Hivatkozás
    CCMI/81-EESC-2011-01-01-806
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    The external dimension of European industrial policy – is the EU's trade policy really taking the interests of European industry into account?
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 04/01/2010
    Hivatkozás
    REX/273-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Employers - GR I
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    458
    -
    In the Committee's view, the right to food is a fundamental citizenship right, as is the right of civil society to intervene in all aspects of this issue; moreover, it considers global food security to be a fundamental human right.
    Trade and Food Security