8 October 2014 (Brussels) – The European Parliament Fair Trade Working Group hosted a Fair Trade Breakfast today. Large numbers of renowned and new Members of the European Parliament attended in support of Fair Trade, marking a successful start to the new legislative term.
Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and of the Fair Trade Working Group, welcomed the 50 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all major political groups, officials from Permanent Representations of European Union Member States, as well as Fair Trade movement actors and network representatives. Linda McAvan went on to introduce the new Vice Chairs of this cross-party group of MEPs working together for EU policies in support of Fair Trade: Sirpa Pietikäinen, Judith Sargentini, Charles Goerens and Helmut Scholz. She highlighted the work that the Fair Trade Working Group had done in the last legislature and the challenges that now lay ahead for Fair Trade in the European Parliament.
Educating the audience about various aspects of Fair Trade (from left to right): Sergi Corbalán, Nyagoy Nyong’o, Linda McAvan and Giorgio Dal Fiume. For picture with higher resolution click here.
While listening to the speeches MEPs and Fair Trade actors enjoyed breakfast with Fair Trade ingredients. For picture with higher resolution click here.
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15 July 2014 (
Following today’s election by the European Parliament of Jean-Claude Juncker as new President of the European Commission, the Fair Trade movement congratulates Mr. Juncker for being the first President of the European Commission to have committted to support Fair Trade ahead of his appointment.
In his earlier position as Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr Juncker “enthusiastically” supported Fair Trade, as he told the Fair Trade movement in a video interview on 9 April 2014, ahead of the European elections. On this occasion, he also stated “we have to introduce this dimension, the dimension of Fair Trade into our trade policies and into part of our trade agreements with others in the world. Fair Trade is a real issue”.
Jean-Louis Zeien, President of the Board of Fairtrade
Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, stated “We are thankful for the support that Mr Juncker gave to Fair Trade as Prime Minister of
The Fair Trade movement calls on Mr Juncker to put in place an enabling policy environment for Fair Trade across EU policies during his mandate as President of the European Commission..“We call on Mr Juncker to pass on his enthusiasm for Fair Trade to the new team of Commissioners” said Corbalán.
The upcoming European Year for Development in 2015, during which
A pdf version of this press release can be found here.
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The after-elections update: find out how many candidates who signed the Fair Trade Manifesto have been elected in the next European Parliament on the following interactive map.
The Vote for Fair Trade campaign has brought Fair Trade organisations from around Europe to advocate together for Fair Trade to be included in the policy agenda of the European Union, asking candidates running for the European Parliament´s elections to sign the Fair Trade Manifesto, committing to five main demands. If elected Members of the European Parliament for the 2014-2019 legislative term, the candidates pledged to:
- Promote a people-centred economy and people-centred businesses where people come first and economic activities support sustainable livelihoods for all.
- Back a strong European framework to address abuses of buyer power in our supply chains, a market failure that often results in the violation of human rights of marginalised producers and workers.
- Encourage market-based incentives to facilitate producers having the possibility to trade under Fair Trade conditions and the development of Fair Trade markets both in Europe and the South, in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Framework post-2015.
- Support an “Alternative Trade Mandate” to ensure that EU trade policy serves as a tool to increase economic, social and environmental well-being globally. In order to serve the general interest, trade policy should be subject to democratic and transparent debate, rather than being driven by powerful business lobbies pushing behind doors their specific short-term interests.
- Become a champion for a European strategy for Fair Trade to promote best practices and coordinate local, regional, national and EU-level activities in support of Fair Trade, as already asked for unanimously by the Committee of the Regions.
The campaign collected 512 candidates´ signatures, and 118 out of them were elected Members of the new European Parliament for the term 2014-2019. We heartily thank the campaigners who took action and the candidates who pledged to the Fair Trade Manifesto, congratulating with the ones who have been elected.
The Fair Trade movement will be working with the newly elected MEPs to make sure the commitments made during the elections are transformed into actual policy changes.
For more information on the Vote4FT campaign, click here.