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Parliamentary questions
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18 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004927-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sorin Moisă (S&D)

 Subject:  Benchmarks and indicators for the implementation of sustainable development provisions in the EU-Korea FTA
 Answer in writing 

A trade and investment policy based on values has to include, as a key component, the promotion and effective implementation of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as the Commission itself confirmed in its 2015 communication entitled ‘Trade for all’. The Commission has made visible efforts recently to better monitor the effective implementation of EU free trade agreements (FTAs), notably the EU-Korea FTA, including through the use of a key indicator — the preference utilisation rate (PUR). However, this indicator does not capture the effective implementation of the provisions on sustainable development.

1. Does the Commission monitor systematically the implementation of provisions on sustainable development in the EU-Korea FTA? What methodology, if any, does the Commission use?

2. Are there any benchmarks or other indicators in place to monitor the effective implementation of sustainable development provisions in the EU-Korea FTA?

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