29 May 2017
COMMISSIONER MALMSTRÖM: OVERVIEW OF WHERE WE ARE ON TRADE POLICY – 29 MAYBrussels Daily
Commissioner Malmström addresses civil society
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström today met with civil society representatives to present current developments and exchange views on trade policy issues, including the state of play of negotiations for free trade agreements with Japan, Canada and Latin America.
Addressing 175 participants from the whole spectrum of civil society — as well as those following online — the Commissioner also discussed the EU’s work on trade and sustainable development, and the role of transparency and engagement in EU trade negotiations.
It’s my pleasure to be here with you today.
I’m just going to give you a little overview of where we are on trade policy, and then to hear your questions: I want to have a dialogue.
Trade and globalisation are issues very much debated these days.
That is a good thing. It shows that many people care and want to be involved. It also puts pressure on us as policy makers to make sure that you are involved, that we are transparent.
Let me give you a broad map as to where we are, and how it fits into the overall strategy of this Commission for a more responsible EU trade and investment policy. We can then come back to details.