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The European Commission Reflection Paper towards a sustainable Europe by 2030 Breakthrough or Business as usual?
On 31 January 2019, the European Commission presented its Reflection Paper about how to put Europe on a sustainable pathway by 2030. What does that mean? Operating a transition towards an economic...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 09:28
Few thoughts on the EU Trade Policy Day
I was dragging my feet yesterday, heading for the EU Trade Policy Day. It is a large annual event organised by the European Commission to discuss where the EU trade policy is at, and where it is...
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:22
Can the private sector save the world?
This was the provocative title of an event recently organised by 11.11.11, a major Belgian non-profit organisation. The reply is NO – without ambiguity. European businesses can contribute to economic...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:45
Is the new EU Aid for Trade Strategy fit to tackle inequalities and women’s economic empowerment?
Because trade takes place between unequal partners in terms of economic development, the WTO launched the Aid for Trade initiative in 2005, with the objective to help developing countries accessing...
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:16
FfD trade inequality women
Too little, too late – The EC-backed Multilateral Investment Court risks cementing corporate power
This month, the European Commission announced a series of initiatives to ensure its free trade policy benefits everyone. Among them, a proposal to member states to mandate the Commission to...
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:09
The European Commission released last week a reflection paper on harnessing globalisation. This aims at kicking off a debate on how the EU and its Member States can shape globalisation in a way...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 14:48
Madame Christine Lagarde, what is the obstacle to beauty?
The Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shared in Brussels today elements from the Global Outlook and Policy Priorities of the organisation, to be presented next week in...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 15:58
The lines are moving – time for hope and mobilisation
Business and human rights event in the European Parliament, March 2017By Jérôme Chaplier, Coordinator of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and Isabelle Brachet, Europe Advocacy...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 09:45
Aid for Trade Review – Suggestions for the forthcoming review: Prioritising inclusiveness and sustainability - March 2017
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and ActionAid 1. Changing context and challengesDEVCO announced that the EU’s Aid for Trade Strategy “is...
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:16
The EU Bank’s move to support women’s rights: Towards a structural shift?
By Mary Collins, Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, European Women's Lobby & Isabelle Brachet, Europe Advocacy Coordinator, ActionAid This week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) held...
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:13