Thursday, 18.10.18 to Thursday, 18.10.18 - Brussels, Belgium

Supporting Labour Standards through Targeted Sanctions in Trade

At a roundtable discussion in Brussels, experts, politicians and workers' representatives will discuss how to make Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters in EU free trade agreements more effective in protecting labour standards.

Design: FES / Kawin Tadtiam

Core Labour Standards (CLS+) is a three-year regional project in Asia advocating for strong social clauses in trade agreements to protect the rights of workers and together with other measures to push for decent work. At the roundtable in Brussels organized as part of the project, policy experts, European Parliament representatives, trade unions and academics will discuss the use of targeted sanctions as mechanism to make trade agreements more effective in protecting labour standards.

Clara Portela, professor at the University of Valencia will present her paper Enforcing Respect for Labour Standards with Targeted Sanctions. In the paper, she argues that introducing a mechanism for targeted sanctions in the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences and the TSD chapters would act as a deterrent of violations. In a next step, Joachim Schuster, Member of the European Parliament from the leading central-left political group (S&D), will make comments and this will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Time: Thursday, 18.10.2018 11:00-12:30h CET (followed by light lunch)

Venue: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office, Rue du Taciturne 38, Brussels. 

 Register for the event by clicking here!

Registration for this event is mandatory and closes on 16 October 2018.

The event is jointly organized by the FES EU Office in Brussels and the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia.

Contact details:

Daniela Iller, Policy Officer, FES EU Office.

For more details on the regional project Core Labour Standards Plus visit the dedicated page on this website

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