In order to support future debates within the EU institutions, academic experts in the three dimensions of sustainable development, including Tancrède Voituriez (IDDRI), as well as representatives of the EU institutions, were invited to a workshop on 19 June 2018 to exchange views not only on the binding aspect of the S&d provisions. but also on how different EU policies can work together to achieve the best results. In most trade agreements concluded since the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, an advisory group is set up in the EU and in the partner country(ies) to advise on the implementation of the sustainable development chapters in EU trade agreements. In certain circumstances, the EU should make trade concessions subject to partner countries` compliance with international environmental and labour standards. This will better coordinate the EU`s trade and sustainable development agendas and increase support for openness. The European Parliament insists that the EU withdraw trade privileges in case of violation of environmental and climate standards agreed by the partners. In return, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen instructed Trade Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan to use existing trade instruments to “support sustainable development” and “closely monitor the implementation of climate, environmental and labour protection” in EU free trade agreements (FTAs). He will also design and introduce a tax on carbon limits (which I wrote about before). But these measures alone may not be enough to guarantee Parliament`s support. .
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