The EU supports and recognises the added value of Fair Trade as contributing to sustainable development. The EC confirmed in 2009 that it supports Fair Trade as a tool for sustainable development. It also agreed with the Fair Trade movement´s view that Fair Trade is better in the hands of the movement. Yet, at the same time, it has cornered Fair Trade to a “trade-related sustainability assurance” issue rather than an alternative way of doing trade. Therefore, it is important that the Fair Trade movement engages with the EU Institutions to ensure that the EU political recognition to Fair Trade is translated into coordinated specific policies in support of Fair Trade.
This means the FTAO and the Fair Trade movement work on or has worked on the following policy areas:
To achieve the following objectives:
1.1. EU supports increased access by marginalised producers and workers in the South to trade under Fair Trade conditions
1.2. EU supports access by marginalised producers and workers in the South to the two Fair Trade systems
1.3. EU supports the two complementary Fair Trade systems remaining voluntary and private initiatives
1.4. EU promotes awareness by EU citizens on development and provides a sustainable consumption policy to empower consumers to make a difference by choosing Fair Trade
1.5. EU puts in place and implements new public procurement rules that empower public authorities to make a difference by choosing Fair Trade