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Ongoing assessments

Trade SIA in support of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (Green Goods Initiative)

More information about SIA - Green Goods and how to contribute to it

Reports

Terms of Reference - September 2014

EU-Japan Trade SIA in support of negotiations of a comprehensive trade and investment agreement between the European Union and Japan

More information about SIA - Japan and how to contribute to it

Reports

Terms of Reference - February 2014

Trade SIA in support of negotiations of a comprehensive trade and investment agreement between the European Union and the United States of America

More information about SIA - TTIP and how to contribute to it

Reports

Terms of Reference - July 2013

Trade SIA in support of negotiations on a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement

More information about SIA - TiSA and how to contribute to it

Reports

Terms of Reference - May 2013

Completed assessments

Reports

Terms of reference - May 2010

Position Paper
Reports
Phase II
Phase I

Terms of reference - August 2008

Position Paper
Reports
Phase III
Phase II
Phase I

Terms of reference - October 2007

Position Paper
Reports
Phase III
Phase II
Phase I

Terms of Reference - October 2007

Position Paper
Reports
Phase III
Phase II
Phase I

Terms of Reference - September 2006

The lead Directorate General of the Commission for this Trade SIA is AIDCO.

Position Paper
Reports
Phase III
Phase II
Phase I

Terms of Reference - April 2003

Meetings with Civil Society

Position Paper
Reports

Terms of reference - May 2002

Meetings with Civil Society

Reports

Terms of Reference - December 2001

Meetings with Civil Society

1. WTO Negotiations in the major Food Crops sector

The main objective of this study is to apply Trade SIA methodology in a sectoral assessment of liberalisation of the food crops sector in WTO negotiations. In this study the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has applied SIA methodology in an assessment of 8 country case studies for two specific food crops (wheat and edible oils crops) in three different scenarios.

Reports
Meetings with Civil Society organisations

2. WTO Negotiations, Overview assessment of the DDA (Phase III)

The main purpose of the Phase III study was to build upon the findings of previously completed (Phases One and Two in 1999) studies and to develop a methodology for use in Phase Three Trade SIA studies of ongoing and projected WTO negotiations.

This was undertaken in ways that involved effective dialogue with interested stakeholders and which helped to strengthen the existing international network of Trade SIA experts and their involvement in the Trade SIA debate.

The main objectives of the study contract were:

  • To refine and develop the Trade SIA methodology, created during Phase One for use in preliminary appraisals, to enable the continuation of an Trade SIA during subsequent stages of the WTO trade negotiations.
  • To participate in the dialogue, concerning the Trade SIA, with interested stakeholders.

To continue the development of a credible international network of Trade SIA experts and participate in the policy debate on Trade SIA with experts in other countries and within other international organisations.

The studies focused on the following sectors:

  • Market access, competition and environmental services for the first year (2002-2003)
  • Agriculture, Forest, distribution for the second year (2003-2004)
  • Market access, competition and environmental services for the first year (2002-2003)
  • Agriculture, Forest, distribution for the second year (2003-2004)
  • Fisheries for the third year (2005-2006)
Reports
Consultations
Meetings with Civil Society organisations
Positioning papers

3. WTO New Round (Seattle) - Phase II

The main objectives of the phase two study were:

  • To use the methodology developed in Phase I to make a broad qualitative assessment of the impact upon sustainability of the New Round.

A broad qualitative assessment of the sustainability impact of the New Round, based on a list of possible sectors and issues for negotiation, was undertaken.

Proposals for further measures to enhance the impact of the New Round outcomes on sustainable development were developed.

Reports
Meetings with Civil Society organisations

1. Trade SIA Methodology - Phase I

The aim of this specific Trade SIA was to undertake a focused literature review on sustainability impact assessment (SIA) methodologies.

For this purpose, the Trade SIA methodologies used in previous/ongoing appraisals and evaluation of specific trade policies and agreements were examined. As a result, the contractor developed a Trade sustainable impact assessment methodology for subsequent use in Phase Two.

Reports
Meetings with Civil Society organisations

2. SIA Methodology Study - Further refinement

The main objective of this study was to develop a methodology for use in Phase Three SIA studies of ongoing and projected WTO trade negotiations, by building upon the findings of previously completed (Phase One and Phase Two) studies.

This was undertaken in ways that involved effective dialogue with interested stakeholders and which helped to strengthen the existing international network of Trade SIA experts and their involvement in the Trade SIA debate.

Reports
Consultation

3. SIA Methodology Study - Handbook

The handbook provides a comprehensive description of how Trade SIAs currently work and lays out some of the key issues and principles that require particular attention for Trade SIA practitioners and policy makers.