Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2016
Question for oral answer O-000108/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Bernd Lange, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, on behalf of the Committee on International Trade

 Subject: Parliamentary oversight and civil society monitoring of the SADC-EU EPA

The Economic Partnership Agreement between the Southern African Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement States and the EU (SADC-EU EPA) was signed on 10 June 2016 in Botswana between the EU and the SADC EPA states. Sustainable development is one of the overarching themes of the EPA, including the promotion of human rights, labour rights, good governance, the rule of law and other essential elements. In order to achieve these aims the EPA must be implemented and monitored effectively. Although the SADC-EU EPA contains a relatively comprehensive trade and sustainable development chapter, specific provisions for the inclusion of civil society in monitoring the EPA must be clarified.

1. What specific measures will the Commission take to ensure that the EPA is implemented in a manner which upholds the sustainable development provisions of the SADC-EU EPA, and will it consider setting up a structured civil society monitoring process such as a Domestic Advisory Group and provisions for parliamentary oversight?

2. Could the Commission elaborate on how any civil society involvement would be financed?

3. How does the Commission intend to take on board civil society reports, decisions and recommendations to address cases of infringement of commitments under the EPA?

4. What measures will the Commission take to ensure policy coherence for development in the implementation of the agreement?

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