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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Towards an alternative trade agenda

As the current neo-liberal trade model is exacerbating inequality across Europe and the developing world, a significant number of European activists are pushing for a radical alternative to the EU trade agenda. According to the Alternative Trade Mandate,though campaigners have been calling for years for trade justice, the EU “continues to pursue policies that are damaging to both people and planet. This week, a number of European organisations launch the Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance, with the aim of a complete overhaul of EU trade policy for the next 2 years.
Dot Keet, a development analyst and long time trade activist in the continent of Africa, will speak at the launch. She said “Europe’s trade negotiations are undemocratic and the agreements are unjust. The current trade regime is fuelling the food, economic and climate crises facing Europe and the world.  In that context, African and other countries cannot sign long-term agreements that set their policies in stone, because they can't know in advance what policies they will need to deal with these looming problems. African civil society has a long history of mobilizing against the current unjust global trade regime, and the EU's proposed free trade agreements (EPAs),  but it is important that European civil society also grows stronger and makes their politicians see that they must look at alternative approaches to trade as well as to social and political, economic and environmental areas”.

Source: S2bnetwork

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