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Civil society organisations call for public consultation in the revision of EU standards on trade impact assessments

In an open letter addressed to the EU Commissioner, Ms. Malmström, and Vice President, Mr. Timmermans, 45 civil society organisations and networks, among them several members of the ETO Consortium, have called on the EU to ensure transparency and civil society participation in the current revision of the EU Handbook for Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA). While welcoming the initiative to revise the handbook as an important step towards bringing trade and investment agreements in line with the EU’s human rights obligations, the undersigning organisations stress that such must not take place behind closed doors and must take into account the recommendations made by civil society organisations and academics in the area of SIA and Human Rights Impact Assessments over the past decade.

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