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Monday, 4 July 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

17. Social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility - A forward-looking and innovative future strategy for trade and investment (debate)
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  Emma McClarkin, on behalf of the ECR Group . – Mr President, I would like to thank the rapporteur as well for her support for this trade strategy and the free trade agreements that it champions within. This trade report represents a strong mandate for opening up and developing global trading relations. It provides a solid steer for pursuing trade that delivers for consumers across Europe. While I would have hoped for a more positive tone with fewer reservations and red lines laid down, on the whole it is a step in the right direction and I am pleased to see a recognition of the role that competition plays in benefiting consumers, the importance of chasing offensive interests such as public procurement access and investment, and, importantly, a greater appreciation of the region of Latin America and helping our SMEs reap the benefits of this region.

Areas of concern still remain within this trade strategy: protectionist measures in the form of a retaliatory public procurement instrument and continual insistence on GI protection for non-agricultural products. I believe that both these measures display a protectionist agenda and that this will provoke a defensive response. This will be to the detriment of opening up new markets and our EU offensive interests in negotiations. The EU needs a positive, ambitious and liberal trade agenda to ensure that trade deals are not only continually opened and negotiated, but are also delivered and ratified. Only in this way can the EU show that it is serious about jobs and growth.

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