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The European Commission aims to have a transparent and accountable trade policy based on consultations with all parts of European civil society. More information on the European Commission framework for dialogue with civil society is available on the Transparency Register website.

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Expert Group on Trade Agreements

As part of its emphasis on transparent and inclusive trade policy-making, the Commission is setting up an expert group on EU trade agreements.

The group will be made up of European-level non-governmental organisations representing their relevant interests for the EU trade negotiating agenda. These may include employers' organisations, trade unions, representative associations, socio-economic interest groups (like consumer associations) and other civil society organisations.

The Call for Applications has been published on the Register of Commission Expert Groups including Questions and answers.

The Commission Decision on this new group of experts was published on 13 September 2017.