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Sustainable development | Brussels, 12/09/2018

Implementation of the Sustainable Development chapter in trade agreements - DAGs and Joint meetings

In most trade agreement since the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, an advisory group is set up in the EU and in the partner country or countries. The group gives advice on the implementation of the sustainable development chapter, which includes rules on labour and the environment. Here you will find information on DAGs (domestic advisory group) and joint meetings.

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EU-Central America

  • EU members
  • 18/11/2014 in Nicaragua: report from the Trade and Sustainable Development Board to the Civil Society Dialogue Forum [EN]  [ES]
  • 28/05/2015 in Brussels: report of the second meeting [EN]  [ES]
  • 14/06/2016 in Honduras: report of the third meeting [EN]  [ES]
  • No Civil Society Forum held in 2017
  • 12/06/2018 in Brussels: report of the fourth meeting [EN]  [ES]
  • More information



  • 17/10/2017 in South Africa: Event report of the High level Civil society forum



  • DAG : Domestic Advisory Group; a balanced representation of business organisations, trade unions and environmental / other organisations. To become member of a DAG, an organisation needs to be:
    • non-profit
    • EU-based
    • an expert in sustainable development
    • registered in both the Transparency Register of the European Commission/European Parliament and in the civil society dialogue database of DG Trade
    • Some members are also designated by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • DAG meeting : the EU sets up a DAG for every trade agreement. The DAG members meets several times a year to select and discuss the issues they wish to evaluate. Their advice are sent to the trade partners who will discuss them in their annual meeting.
  • DAG-to-DAG meeting : the DAGs from the EU and from the partner country or countries meet once a year, generally back-to-back with the joint meeting.
  • Joint meetings / open sessions : these meetings are open to all civil society organisations and non-DAG members. These meetings take place once a year.