On 6 October 2017 on the occasion of a meeting between European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and civil society groups, Eurogroup for Animals published its response to the European Court of Justice ruling on Singapore and to the European Commission Consultation on Trade and Sustainable Development.
This new report which contributes to the ongoing debate on trade, underlines the link between animal welfare, trade and sustainable development. It aims to send a clear message to the European Commission that animal welfare needs to be included in the scope of sustainable development chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and enforcement of the said chapters needs to be improved by strengthening and opening the dispute settlement mechanism.
It constitutes both Eurogroup for Animals’ response to the European Commission’s non-paper on sustainable development chapters in EU FTAs, and our case for a wider understanding of the concept of ‘sustainable development’, which is a notion that is missing from the ongoing debate. It also sets out Eurogroup for Animals’ understanding on the impact of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) opinion on the EU-Singapore FTA on sustainable development chapters, calling for the European Commission to clarify its position on key ECJ findings.
Eurogroup for Animals continues to engage in discussions related to sustainable development in European trade policy. These debates centre on the one hand on the division of competences between the EU and the members states and, on the other hand, on enforcement mechanisms related to sustainable development chapters. In view of the link between animal welfare and sustainable development, it is essential that the interests of animals is accounted for in this debate on trade.
Full report available here
The report is part of Eurogroup for Animals Trade & Animal Welfare Project. The Project is made possible by Deutscher Tierschutzbund, VIER PFOTEN, Compassion in World Farming, Fondation Brigitte Bardot, and the RSPCA.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Ghislain, Trade & Animal Welfare Project Leader, Tel: +32 (0)2 740 08 96, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org