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Sustainable development | Brussels, 12/09/2018

Implementation of the Trade and sustainable development (TSD) chapter in trade agreements - TSD committee and civil society meetings

In most trade agreements since the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, an advisory group is set up in the EU and in the partner country or countries to advice on the implementation of the sustainable development chapters in EU trade agreements. Those chapters contain commitments to respect multilateral labour and environmental agreements and to ensure that labour and environment standards are not lowered in order to attract trade. On this web-page you will find information on the EU DAGs (domestic advisory groups) and on joint meetings between DAG members from both parties.

Canada

Central America

  • EU DAG 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

Ukraine

CARIFORUM

SADC

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

Colombia/Peru/Ecuador

Georgia

Moldova

 

 

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Definitions

  • 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 discuss the issues included in the Trade and sustainable development chapter. Their advice are given 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, back-to-back with the joint open session meeting.
  • Joint open session meeting : are open to all civil society organisations and non-DAG members. These meetings take place once a year.