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21 May 2014, Brussels - Three leading candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission have endorsed the Fair Trade Manifesto and more than five hundred candidates for the European Parliament elections have committed to support Fair Trade and Trade Justice, if they are elected.

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Click here for higher resolution pictures of respectively the group, S. Keller, M. Schulz and J.-C. Juncker.

The Fair Trade movement launched in 2013 the Vote for Fair Trade (Vote4FT) campaign, with the financial assistance of the European Commission, with the objective to create a dialogue between EU citizens, Fair Trade producers and EU decision-makers on the policies that the EU should put in place to support Fair Trade. A key document in this campaign is the Fair Trade Manifesto, which lays down themain five demands to the European Union for the 2014-2019 term.

The Manifesto has been signed by key candidates to the European Parliament elections from various European political families in the Parliament, including the European People’s Party, the Party of European Socialists, the European Green Party, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the Party of the European Left. Ten of these candidates, across twenty-two EU countries and parties, seized the opportunity to explain why they support Fair Trade in short videos available online. The support to Fair Trade among candidates to the European elections was the highest in Italy, France and the Czech Republic. The list of candidates per country can be seen on an interactive map on FTAO website.

 

Note to the editor:

The Fair Trade movement is composed of 2.5 million producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers. On the run up to the European Parliament elections taking place from 22 to 25 May, the Fair Trade movement has engaged with European Commission Presidency and candidates running for the European elections in more than 23 EU Member States, asking them to endorse the 5 demands in the Fair Trade manifesto and making the results available on the campaign website.

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This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Fair Trade Advocacy Office and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

 

9 May 2014 (Strasbourg) – A public debate amongst a Fair Trade producer from El Salvador, candidates to the European Parliament elections and dozens of young Europeans will take place on the occasion of World Fair Trade Day. The debate will take place tomorrow 10 May in Strasbourg, in the context of the European Youth Event 2014.

The European Youth Event will join the worldwide celebrations on World Fair Trade Day by hosting a debate on the main stage of the European Youth Event on Saturday 10 May at 12h CET.

Mr Jose Alexander Flores, member of the Fair Trade producer association APRAINORES in El Salvador will, as keynote speaker, kick-off a debate amongst candidates to the European Parliament and dozens of young Europeans on how the European Union could support Fair Trade after the European Parliament elections taking place from 22 to 25 May 2014 across the 28 European Union Member States.

The event is part of the Vote for Fair Trade (Vote4FT) campaign, co-funded by the European Commission, that aims at creating a dialogue between Fair Trade producers, EU citizens and EU policy-makers and take a pro-active role in shaping EU policies in support of Fair Trade. The Fair Trade manifesto, which has been endorsed by three leading European Commission Presidency candidates and numerous candidates to the European Parliament elections, lays down the main five Fair Trade movement demands to the European Union for the legislative period 2014-2019.

Notes to editors:

On 9-11 May the European Parliament will bring together thousands of young people for the European Youth Event 2014 (EYE), which has as this year’s motto "Ideas for a better Europe". More information under: link

The event is an initiative of the European Parliament organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum, the platform of youth organisations in Europe. It represents 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisation.More information under: www.youthforum.org

Aprainores is a Fair Trade producer association consisting of over 60 families located around San Carlos Lempa, near the mouth of the Lempa River in El Salvador. Families are subsistence farmers whose sole cash income is from small cashew holdings. Together they own a processing plant employing 40-70 seasonal workers (up to nine months). More information under: link.

World Fair Trade Day, an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), takes place on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.From the Pacific islands to the Andes, Palestine to Bangladesh, Mongolia to Kenya, seminars, hunger banquets, fairs, concerts and drumming and Fair Trade fashion shows will mark the day under the theme “Fair Trade People”, recognising that Fair Trade producers and the people buying their products are the real drivers of the growth of Fair Trade.

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the European Fair Trade Association and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. Through these three networks the FTAO represents an estimate of 2.5 million Fair Trade producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers.

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Sebastien Leclef | Project Coordinator

Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 24 | Fax: +32 (0) 2 543 44 44 | leclef@fairtrade-advocacy.org

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European Parliament elections are approaching (May 22-25) and the Fair Trade movement activists involved in the Vote4FT campaign are working hard to get the support of candidates. The Fair Trade Advocacy Office has published an interactive map displaying the support of candidates per country in the European Union. It is expected that many more will sign the Fair Trade manifesto as the candidates are campaigning recently.

Three top candidates running for the position of President of the European Commission have already signed the Fair Trade manifesto: Ska Keller for the European Green Party, Martin Schulz for the Party of European Socialists and Jean-Claude Juncker for the European People’s Party.


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