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Sustainable development | Brussels, last updated on 2 August 2021

Implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter in trade agreements - TSD committees 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 advise 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.




  • EU DAG members
  • Text of the agreement
  • Reports of meetings / work plans / joint statements
    • 2021
      • Agenda of the 7th TSD Board meeting (meeting of the Parties), 31 May-1 June 2021
      • Joint minutes of the 7th TSD Board meeting (meeting of the Parties) [EN]
      • Report from the 7th TSD Board to the Civil Society Forum [EN] [ES], 04/06/2021, by video conference
    • 2020
      • Agenda of the 6th TSD Board meeting (meeting of the Parties), 18-19 November 2020
      • Joint minutes of the 6th TSD Board (bilingual)
      • Report from the 6th TSD Board to the Civil Society Forum
    • 2019
      • Agenda of the 5th TSD Board meeting (meeting of the Parties)
      • Minutes of the 5th TSD Board meeting [EN] [ES]
    • 2018
      • Report of the 4th TSD Board meeting to the Civil Society Forum [EN]  [ES], 12/06/2018 in Brussels
  • No Civil Society Forum held in 2017
  • Report of the third meeting [EN]  [ES], 14/06/2016 in Honduras
  • Report of the second meeting [EN]  [ES], 28/05/2015 in Brussels
  • Report from the TSD Board to the Civil Society Forum [EN]  [ES], 18/11/2014 in Nicaragua
  • More information on the EU DAG











  • DAG : Domestic Advisory Group; a balanced representation of business organisations, trade unions and environmental / other organisations. To become member of an EU DAG, an EU organisation needs to be:
    • Independent not-for-profit organisation
    • Represent and promote EU interests
    • Have specific expertise or competence on areas covered by the trade and sustainable development chapter
    • 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 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.