Bread for the World, Forum on Environment and Development, UnternehmensGrün and ver.di criticize in a joint study the lack of consideration of human rights in EU’s trade policy. The EU had failed to implement urgently needed reforms that ensured a human rights-based and socially-ecological sustainable trade policy.
The study presented today points to inadequacies in labor and social standards and serious deficits in the design of a human rights-compliant trade policy. The current instruments are inadequate, both in their scope and in their practical application. The CETA contract currently under discussion is therefore clearly described as unsustainable.
The EU actually promised that its trade policy would bring prosperity for all. It would normally follow that there would be enforcement of high environmental, social and human rights standards. However, the tools used by the EU are highly controversial.
Central topic of the study is u.a. the question to what extent instruments such as the human rights clause and the sustainability chapter can meet their expectations. There is an analysis of the design, scope and efficiency of these approaches. Among other things, the benchmark is the social and human rights obligations of the European Union.
The practical experiences that have been made with these approaches are also mentioned in the study. Their effectiveness is under scrutiny as well as the possibility of civil society actors to influence their design. Finally, the conclusions provide some suggestions on how civil society groups can deal with the EU approach presented here and its specific deficits.