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Sustainable development | Brussels, 3 June 2015

Speech: Green Goods: Promoting EU environmental objectives through trade

The European Commission organised a stakeholders’ roundtable meeting on the topic of the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) with participants from civil society, members of the European Parliament, EU Member State representatives, and foreign trade envoys.

The aim was to gather input from a wide range of experts concerning the next round of the ongoing EGA negotiations (15 -19 June 2015). EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, together with Climate Action & Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete met over 200 participants to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies. The European Commission sought input from civil society on how to promote the environmental objectives of the Union through trade.

Commissioner Malmström, in her remarks to the meeting, highlighted the urgent nature of climate change and other environmental challenges and stressed the potential of the negotiations to help meet them. She also noted the need for stakeholders to keep the pressure on negotiators for an ambitious outcome.

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