David Martin, senior Scottish MEP and spokesperson for international trade for the Socialist and Democratic Group (S&D) in the European Parliament has welcomed the publication today (14 October) of the European Commission’s strategy paper for the future of EU trade policy.
Entitled ‘Trade for All: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy’ the aim of the Commission’s new approach is for EU trade policy to be based on three key principles: effectiveness, transparency and values, and that by listening and responding it will endeavour to address current debate and public concern on trade in the EU.
Commenting on the strategy document Mr Martin said:
"With this publication, the Commission is finally listening to Socialists & Democrats and European citizens' demands that international trade works for us all.
"Labour MEPs, along with our fellow S&D members, believe trade has never been an end in itself. Sustainable development, transparency and fair trade are values that are integral to economic growth and job creation. The Commission strategy is an important signal to our citizens and to partner countries around the world that EU trade policy is becoming more responsible.
"We warmly welcome these words, but words alone don't make labour rights binding. They don't give our citizens more access to documents, and they don't pay a fair price for developing countries' exports. What matters now is for these plans to be translated into action and I look forward to working with the Commission to integrate this positive vision of EU trade policy into our legislation and trade agreements.”
The European Parliament will now draw up a report reacting to the Commission’s strategy paper with David Martin as the shadow rapporteur (lead MEP) for the S&D Group.
Further information including the strategy document can be found here: