The European Commission published a communication “Trade for all. Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy”, which presented the ongoing EU activities regarding trade globally. The communication is just a political document without any binding legal value. The main objectives of the European Commission regarding a responsible trade and investment policy included: gaining international markets, facilitating digital trade, promoting the EU’s best practices and standards internationally, eliminating non-tariff barriers and corruption. Additionally, the EU Commission is currently negotiating trade agreements with non-EU countries in order to have a more transparent trade policy based on the respect the environment, human rights and consumers protection.
As a secondary effect of the political problems in Magreb, the traffic of wild animals has increased since 2011 due to the decreasment of controls of shipments.
More information on http://www.iede.co.uk/news/2013_3732/arab-spring-breeds-more-trade-exotic-pets
1 February 2013
Mario Borghezio (EFD)
8 October 2012
Philippe Boulland (PPE)