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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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  • Participant from Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
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  • Participant from Bureau Européen de l'Agriculture Française
  • Participant from CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic social justice organisations
  • Participant from COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Participant from Danish Shipping
  • Participant from Eurometaux
  • Participant from European Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Participant from European Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Participant from European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Participant from European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Participant from European Cocoa Association
  • Participant from European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and healthcare IT Industry
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Participant from European Public Health Alliance
  • Participant from European Public Health Alliance
  • Participant from European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Participant from EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
  • Participant from Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation
  • Participant from Freshfel Europe - the forum for the European fresh fruits and vegetables chain
  • Participant from Insurance Europe
  • Participant from Irish Farmers' Association
  • Participant from Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Stichting Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Participant from Union Européenne du Commerce du Bétail et des Métiers de la Viande
  • Participant from Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • Participant from World Animal Protection