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Sustainable development | Amsterdam, 7 December 2015

Cecilia Malmström in Amsterdam to push for better labour, environmental conditions in global supply chains

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Amsterdam today where she will deliver the keynote address at a conference hosted by Dutch Trade and Development Minister Liliane Ploumen.

The Commissioner highlighted the broad impact on workers and the environment in mostly developing countries of the products European consumers purchase. She outlined the actions the European Union is taking to address these consequences, like the proposal on conflict minerals, the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact, the GSP+ scheme and sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements.

Finally, she stressed that the EU – in cooperation with Member States, international organisations, the private sector, trade unions and NGOs – needed to do more. She highlighted a series of proposals made in the "Trade for All" communication to that end, including intensified work in multilateral institutions, anti-corruption provisions in EU FTAs, and better implementation of sustainability commitments in FTAs. During her visit today she will also meet with Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard Van der Laan, Ms Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor, and Members of the City Council. Read her speech here.

Read her speech