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European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

What social face of the new EU trade agreements? Beyond the ‘soft’ approach

Lore Van den Putte, Jan Orbie, Fabienne Bossuyt, Deborah Martens and Ferdi De Ville (Centre for EU Studies (CEUS), Ghent University, Belgium)

Publication date : 2015

Number of pages : 5

Author(s) :

Lore Van den Putte, Jan Orbie, Fabienne Bossuyt, Deborah Martens and Ferdi De Ville (Centre for EU Studies (CEUS), Ghent University, Belgium)

The EU has often been accused of soft approach to trade-labour linkages in trade agreement by the inclusion of labour provisions in the trade and sustainable development chapter and by a focus on cooperation and dialogue. Rather than focusing on hard enforcement proceeding, the EU is not yet exploring all the opportunities created under these chapters.

This Policy Brief outlines a different approach that the EU can use in demanding respect for labour rights in its trade agreement with third countries. It shows the need to develop a thorough, systematic and inclusive monitoring process involving civil society while developing an holistic approach for the promotion of labour rights going beyond EU’s trade relations.

Collection: 13/2015
ETUI, Brussels, ISSN 2031-8782 (pdf)

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