Fair Trade Breakfast in the European Parliament 3/10/12: focus on Public Procurement

7 September 2012 (Brussels)For the third year in a row, the European Parliament will host a Fair Trade Breakfast which will take place on 3 October 2012 in the context of the Fair Trade Week in Belgium, an initiative of the Belgium Development Cooperation.

This year the focus will be on public procurement, taking into account that the public procurement Directives are currently under revision and that the Commission has recently proposed a regulation on "the access of third-country goods and services to the Union’s internal market and procedures supporting negotiations on access of Union goods and services to the markets of third countries", also known as 'reciprocity initiative'.

The event will be hosted by Linda McAvan, a British MEP chairing the European Parliament Fair Trade Working Group. The founder of the Fair Trade Towns campaign, Bruce Crowther, will present this success story of more than thousand communities across the world that are already committed to the Fair Trade principles and include Fair Trade criteria in their public purchases. This will be followed by a discussion led by Sergi Corbalán, the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, on how public authorities can be enabled in making this pro-development choice through the future procurement rules affecting the internal market and the access of third-country goods and services to the European Union.

The Fair Trade Breakfast will take place at the Member's Restaurant of the European Parliament from 8h to 9h30.

For further information, please contact Marco Cosa, procurement@fairtrade-advocacy.org

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