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Thursday, 29 September 2011

European Parliament supports coordinated policies for fair trade

The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution ‘on a New Trade Policy for Europe under the Europe 2020 Strategy’ in response to the European Commission proposal on new EU trade policy. Within this resolution, the European Parliament has clearly called again for the ‘European Commission to ensure coordinated policies in support of Fair Trade’.

The European Parliament has been very clear and consistent in its repeated calls for the European Commission to ensure coordinated policies to support Fair Trade including in the European Parliament Resolution on Fair Trade and development.

The European Parliament echoes the clear support by European Union citizens for ethical considerations in trade. During the EC public consultation for the new trade agenda, there was a widespread call to recognise and support Fair Trade, a civil society-led initiative, as a tool and best practice in building more just and responsible production and trade. The summary contained many references to Fair Trade including that, “Fair Trade is a different way of doing trade, it is not about aid, and it is not fundamentally about consumer-assurance issues”.