The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places great emphasis on the role of the private sector to address social, environmental and economic challenges. The promotion of ‘fair and ethical trade’ is also included in the EU actions to implement the 2030 Agenda and it is recognised as a strong contribution to sustainable development in the EU proposal for a new European Consensus on Development. Provisions on sustainable development issues and Fair Trade are also included in recent EU trade and investment agreements, as well as some EU autonomous trade preference schemes. According to the current EU trade strategy, these agreements and EU trade policies should also pay particular attention to SMEs that need targeted support to fully participate in international trade.
ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate the panel session on ‘How can the EU and EU Member States better support the matchmaking between Fair Trade producers and EU SMEs?’
Please find the programme here.