What are FTAO´s views?
The post-2015 development framework replacing the Millennium Development Goals are the best tool to position Fair Trade as a key contribution to both sustainable development and poverty reduction objectives at all policy levels: international, national, regional and local. Besides specifically supporting Fair Trade in its implementation plans, there is an even greater need to promote trade justice principles, as highlighted by the European Parliament. In its report on the topic, the Parliament explicitly calls for “a new global framework that creates a more equitable and sustainable trade scheme based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade”, and puts forward Fair Trade as an example of a successful partnership.
The revision of the EU Aid for Trade strategy and the upcoming Trade Communication by the Directorate-General for Trade laying out the future Commission’s Trade strategy represent two opportunities to put Fair Trade at the forefront of EU sustainable trade policies.