The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised an international conference on the EU and sustainability in global value chains on 7 December 2015. The conference, at the EU presidency venue in Amsterdam, introduced 350 senior policymakers to the Dutch strategy on sustainable value chains. The outcomes will receive further follow-up during the entire Dutch EU presidency. The very first informal meeting of EU trade ministers and ministers for development cooperation took place during the Netherlands Presidency on 2 February 2016.
Follow-up during Dutch EU presidency
At a combined lunch at the Natonal Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on 2 February the EU ministers for trade and development discussed discussed ways for member states and the Commission to better align their policies on trade and development. Please watch the press conference of this meeting on the European Commission’s website.
Results of the conference
At the conference on 7 December 2015, agreements were made on fleshing out a European agenda for responsible conduct in global value chains. The results of the conference can be found on this website as well as the presented declarations (palm oil & agrocommodities), conclusions by the host and the outcomes of the different sessions.
Email your ideas
Your input is important to us: Please email your ideas and/or initiatives to EUandGVC@minbuza.nl in order to help further develop an EU agenda for sustainability in global value chains. This email address remains valid during the whole period of the Dutch EU Presidency.
Video on how Europe can improve access to more sustainable products. Minister Ploumen explains.
Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile
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International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development article
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Article in ECDPM GREAT Insights Magazine on implementing sustainable business through EU aid and trade policies
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Papers of the different sessions are available
Please read all the papers of the different plenary and parallel sessions.