Introduction about the Just Trade project
"The impact of the poverty eradication policies conducted by Europe in the interest of the very poor must not be undermined by other European policies. Underlying each European policy decision should be consideration of its effect on the Millennium Development Goals".1
As a result, the EU has committed itself to strengthening policy coherence for development (PCD) at all levels in order to ensure that non-aid policies can assist developing countries in achieving the MDGs.
Trade is one of the most important policy areas in which the EU is expected to take the objectives of development cooperation into account. Trade agreements with developing countries that are concluded under bilateral, bi-regional or multilateral schemes, cover a wide range of issues and are likely to affect the prospects of many people in developing countries.
For example, trade agreements can have a bearing on food security through tariffs on imported agricultural products; the distorting effects of agricultural subsidies, industrial tariffs and export credits may thwart efforts of developing countries to reach a sound an sustainable economic basis; the international property rights regime may negatively affect the ability of developing countries to acquire life-saving drugs and technologies; rigid application of liberalisation and privatisation schemes in the area of trade in services may compromise access to vital public services; and exploitation of natural resources for national development can be hampered through the conditions of foreign mining investment schemes.
This Just Trade?! project advocates for greater policy coherence between EU development and trade policy, with a view to promote equitable and sustainable development. Partners in the project are: Ecologistas en Acción (Spain), FDCL (Germany), Glopolis (Czech Republic), Protect the Future (Hungary) and Transnational Institute (Netherlands). This website carries the activities and publications of the Just Trade project.
This project is financially supported by the European Commission.
The views expressed herein are those of the paticipating organisations.
- 1. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions “The EU - a global partner for development Speeding up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals” COM(2008) 177 final Brussels, 9.4.2008 http://ec.europa.eu/development/icenter/repository/COM_177_64v08p00_EN.p...