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An updated Handbook for Sustainability Impact Assessments of EU trade negotiations

  • Date: 08/07/2015, 10:00 - 12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Lord Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 03/07/2015 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 08/07/2015, 10:00 - 12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Lord Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 03/07/2015 12:00

The purpose of this meeting is to exchange views with civil society in the context of the ongoing revision of the SIA Handbook.

Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) are an important part of ensuring the conduct of sound, evidence-based, and transparent trade negotiations. They provide the Commission with an in-depth analysis of the potential economic, social, human rights, and environmental consequences of ongoing trade negotiations and are a prime opportunity for stakeholders, in both the EU and in partner countries, to share their views with negotiators.

The European Commission is updating its Handbook on SIA. The Handbook is the main reference point for consultants, civil society and all potentially involved stakeholders on how to carry out an SIA. The new edition of the Handbook will set out the main characteristics, objectives, and principles of the new generation of SIAs. For instance, particular attention is given to strengthening the consultation of stakeholders as well as to carrying out an in-depth analysis of potential impacts of our trade agreements on human rights.

This revision should be seen in the wider context of adoption by the Commission of the Better Regulation agenda which includes specific new guidelines on impact assessment, evaluation and stakeholder consultation.

A revised edition of the Handbook on SIA will be published in late 2015. All those interested in contributing to the draft revised Handbook can already do so online; the consultation lasts until 14 August 2015.

Lead Participants


Ms Delphine Sallard, Head of Unit, Evaluation, Directorate-General for Trade

Ms Monika Hencsey, Head of Unit, Trade and Sustainable Development, Generalised System of Preferences, Directorate-General for Trade

Mr Lars Nilsson, Deputy Head of Unit, Chief Economist and Trade Analysis, Directorate-General for Trade

Mr João Pereira, Evaluation Coordinator, Directorate-General for Trade

Moderator

Ms Montserrat Gago, Co-ordinator relations with civil society, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade

Agenda

1. Presentation of the main changes to the SIA Handbook
2. Open discussion with stakeholders

Background information

Link to public online consultation
Draft Revised SIA Handbook
Webpage on SIAs on DG Trade's website
Guidelines on the analysis of human rights impacts in impact assessments of trade-related policy initiatives  

 

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Mr Timothy Adamson, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Ms Elena Antonakopoulou , Eurometaux
  • Ms Verena Baumann, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Mr Cédric Cabanne, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Kieran Chandler, European Public Health Alliance
  • Mr Jesus Cisneros, Insurance Europe
  • Mr Jakob Embacher, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Mr Josh Gartland, COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Dr Pierre Gröning, Foreign Trade Association
  • Ms Louise Hoj Larsen , European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Mr Tom Jenkins, EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
  • Ms Aleksandra Kaczmarek, European Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Mr Paul Kamm, Foreign Trade Association
  • Mr Benjamin Krieger, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Mr Paul-Henri Lava, Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Mr Liam MacHale, Irish Farmers' Association
  • Ms Cristina Marin, Bureau Européen de l'Agriculture Française
  • Mr Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, European Public Health Alliance
  • Mr Frederic Melchior, European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and healthcare IT Industry
  • Ms. Titilayo Obiri, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Ms Eve Paarendson, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Ms Ewa Perfikowska, European Cocoa Association
  • Mr. Visar Ramadani, Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • DR Klaus Schilder, CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic development agencies
  • Ms Mariann Skar, European Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Mr Andreas Thurner, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Ms Daphne Van Doorn, Freshfel Europe - the forum for the European fresh fruits and vegetables chain
  • Mr Dirk-Jan Verdonk, World Animal Protection
  • Mr Cees Vermeeren, Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Ms Giulia Vespucci, Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Ms Katrina Walsh, Union Européenne du Commerce du Bétail et des Métiers de la Viande
  • Ms Evelien Westert, Landsorganisationen i Danmark
  • Mr Anders Grauballe Zeidler, Danish Shipowners Association