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Monday, 24 September 2018
A Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA) is a new kind of pre-emptive research undertaken during a trade negotiation. The idea is to identify the economic, social and environmental impacts of any given trade agreement. By informing negotiators of the possible effects, the research can help policy-makers to integrate sustainability into trade policy. SIAs can also provide material for the design of possible accompanying measures to maximise the positive impacts of an agreement and to reduce any negative impacts.

The EU launched the first Sustainability Impact Assessment in 1999, in anticipation of the new World Trade Organisation round of negotiations. Since then, the principle of doing such assessments has been enshrined in the European Commission’s broader commitment to Sustainable Development. So far, the EU is carrying out assessments for the WTO negotiations, for negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, with Mercosur and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. A methodology for SIAs has been developed from scratch and is regularly reviewed to ensure trade policy is designed in a way that meets the requirements of good governance.
The document entitled "Working Together for Global Justice - Sharing, Learning and Acting Together: CIDSE Strategic Framework 2005-08" outlines how CIDSE agencies will continue to advocacte on issues of debt, aid, trade and EU Development Policy. New priorities are advocacy work on global governance and security and development.

CIDSE is an alliance of 15 Catholic development organisations from Europe and North America.
Friday, 04 March 2005
Eurobarometer poll finds CAP support viewed positively in enlarged EU
Two thirds of European Union citizens support the recent shift in spending under the Common Agricultural Policy, according to the latest Eurobarometer opinion poll. In the first such survey to be carried out in the EU of 25 Member States, there was strong support for the move away from production support towards direct aid to farmers and greater assistance to the overall rural economy. The survey questioned 25,000 people in the 25 Member States between 22 November and 19 December 2004.
Thursday, 03 March 2005
The European Commission today announced its decision to launch a consultation process on a future maritime policy for the Union. In a communication presented jointly by President José Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Joe Borg, the Commission sets out the reasons behind this initiative. The communication says that the contribution that the sea makes to our livelihood and well-being is considerable as is the potential for economic growth. The challenge is to ensure that we make the most of this potential in a sustainable manner. An integrated approach would help avoid conflicts and optimise synergies between the various sea-based activities so as to boost their economic potential and safeguard the environment. It would also encourage greater stakeholders’ participation and enable all the parties concerned to consider the sea as a whole as well as understand the implications of each set of activities thereon. A Task Force, made up of Commissioners responsible for sea-related policies and chaired by Commissioner Borg, will prepare a consultation paper on a future maritime policy for the Union. The publication of this document, scheduled for the first half of next year, will launch an extensive consultation exercise as to possible options for a maritime policy for the Union. The Commission will then examine all the contributions and decide what shape and form the new policy should take before preparing proposals in this direction.
Wednesday, 02 March 2005
European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson and EU Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel will today travel to Kenya for the start of a three day meeting of Trade Ministers of WTO member countries. The ‘mini-Ministerial’ meeting will focus on moving forward the Doha Development Round of international trade talks.

The Doha Development Round of trade talks was launched in 2001 and collapsed in Cancun in 2003. It was relaunched in 2004, in part thanks to an ambitious EU offer to end EU agricultural export subsidies as part of a final agreement. The EU has subsequently called for an equally ambitious outcome in trade in services and other non-agricultural market access. The EU has called for leadership from key players in the round. It has urged the US to move further on reducing farm subsidies. It has pressed advanced developing countries like China and India to send a positive signal to other developing countries by seeking an far-reaching agreement, particularly on non agricultural market access. It calls on all WTO members to meet the deadline of May 2005 for submitting ambitious offers for opening up trade in services. If the Doha Round is to succeed in 2006, WTO members will have to have advanced significantly towards an agreement by the time of the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong in December 2005. The Kenyan meeting is the first of a number of key staging posts on the way to this meeting.

According to the World Bank Press Review, there were fierce north-south disagreements over world trade. Rich nations are insisting that the talks should cover all five areas envisaged when the round was launched in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, while poor countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) are equally insistent that the main focus be the farm subsidies provided by the United States and European Union. World Trade Organisation (WTO) officials are hopeful that countries will start to produce concrete plans in Kenya, to comply with an end-May deadline to improve their initial concessions on trade in services.