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Trade policy affects EU citizens and is made with their input. The European Commission aims to listen to all input so that the policy most accurately reflects EU society's values and interests as a whole.

This takes place through a variety of channels before, during and after the negotiating process:

Before:

  • when the EU is formulating policy or negotiating trade interests, we try to reach out to all stakeholders – business, trade unions, NGOs, the broader public – through consultations.
  • We have specific events on trade policy in Brussels and around the world on specific trade topics, often as a means to gather input as a policy area is developing.

During:

  • we draw on the expertise of all stakeholders to sure the trade deals we strike are in the European interest and will work in practice. We have regular meetings of our civil society dialogue which often attract representatives from 60-80 organisations from many walks of life.
    • DG Trade pays the travel costs for all attendees coming from outside Brussels, and has done so for years, because we value the opinions and expertise that this broad range of stakeholders bring to our reflections and to our policy making.

After:

  • civil society organisations participate in the monitoring of trade agreements that were concluded between the EU and partner countries, specifically on social and environmental issues.

The European Commission is committed to providing clear information on trade policy across the board.

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Commissioner De Gucht

EU Trade Commissioner
Karel De Gucht