Extracts from the press conference by Cecilia Malmström, on the publication of the EU proposal on sustainable development in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the first detailed report on the latest negotiating round
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 6 November 2015, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, gave a press conference on the publication of the EU proposal on sustainable development in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the first detailed report on the latest negotiating round. This approach follows the new EU trade strategy, 'Trade for all', which aims at more responsible trade policies both at home and globally.
This video shows extracts of the press conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, at the press conference
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): We are applying the principle outlined in the strategy that trade is not just about economic interests but also about values because the text we are releasing today is the EU's proposal for a part of TTIP chapter on trade and sustainable development. It sets out our approach on how advanced, modern trade agreement can address different difficult but very important issues such as dangerous working conditions, cross-border shipments of chemical wastes, and protection of endangered species.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): We want to build on work we are already doing, for instance with the ILO and the government of Bangladesh to improve the working conditions at the country's garment industry. Two and a half years after the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh where so many women and girls lost their lives we have to work together to address this challenge. There have been improvements in Bangladesh but of course a lot remains to be done. In TTIP we would facilitate further initiatives like that.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): This is just a part of the final chapter of TTIP on those issues. The text covers the substance of commitments that both sides would take. We have deliberately not yet addressed how those commitments will be implemented and enforced. Clearly we do need an effective international system of oversight, participation and monitoring by civil society and enforcement that gives these commitments teeth.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): The EU and the US are both committed to the implementation and enforcement but we have different approaches to the civil society involvement and the enforcement of sustainable development rules in trade agreements. But TTIP is unique agreement for both sides and scale and ambition so we will have to carefully sit down together and assess the kind of approach that would work best in that context.
||Departure of Cecilia Malmström