Trade and Worst Forms of Child Labour
SWD(2013) 173 final
The EU is committed to eradicating the worst forms of child labour at a global level. The Commission’s 2010 Staff Working Document “Combating Child Labour“ provided a global and comprehensive picture of the phenomenon and of EU action - including a general
overview of trade aspects. As a result of the discussions that ensued, the Council invited the Commission to study and report on the worst forms of child labour and trade, taking into account international experience and the views of competent international organizations. This staff working document responds to that request by the Council. It builds on the 2010 document, providing additional detail of the trade dimension of the phenomenon in view of international experience, paying particular emphasis to the link between trade5 and child
labour and its worst forms, and to the rationale of EU policies in this respect. The emphasis in this document is on a description based on the best available evidence and experience, which provides the framework for understanding the issue. The document takes into account discussions during a seminar held with international institutions, academia, and US Department of Labour representatives, as well as input from civil society received in the context of DG TRADE’s civil society dialogue.
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