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Current EU trade policy is seriously undermining development efforts in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as having adverse environmental effects. There are alternatives! Developing countries have the right to choose their own economic policies and prioritise poverty eradication, the rights of their people and the environment. Comhlámh advocates for global trade justice, and is proud to announce the publication of a new report ‘Southern Alternatives to EU Trade Policy’, in association with WEED and AITEC. Click here to download this exciting new report, and click here for more information on our campaign and how you can get involved.
Dáil Committee Hearing on EPAs - April 2012 - Development Concerns Raised
On 4th April the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade discussed the Economic Partnership Agreements, free trade agreements which the EU is currently negotiating with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). Comhlámh has campaigned for years on these free trade agreements. We are concerned that in their current form they will be bad for development, locking developing countries into being exporters of low value raw materials, and preventing them from developing their economies and working towards poverty eradication. Click here to read more.
Take a Step for Trade Justice: Fairtrade Fortnight 2012
This year for Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February – 11th March) the spotlight is on cotton, and how unjust trade policies of the US and EU have devastating impacts on countries of the Global South. Join us and Take a Step for Fairtrade and Trade Justice. Click here for more info.
Over 900 of you, from 30 countries, including Zambia, The Philippines, Ecuador, Kenya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ireland, Britain, France and Germany, emailed the European Commission in August and September to outline your concern that Europe’s current trade policy is bad for development, poor people, and for the environment. That many European and global citizens inputting into a consultation is quite unusual, so the Commission will take serious notice of your input.
The EU continues to push developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to sign free trade agreements they don’t want to sign. We need to remind MEPs that we still care about Trade Justice and why this issue is so important. For more info and ways to get involved please click here.
The EU’s new trade policy on raw materials is undermining the effort of the world’s poorest countries to develop their economies, eradicate poverty, and protect the environment.
Find out how you can take 3 easy steps to stop the EU helping itself to developing countries' raw materials!
A new report – The New Resource Grab – shows how the EU wants to restrict the ability of developing countries to manage their natural resources in the best interest of their people and environment - locking them in poverty. Please click here to find out more.
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