On 7 November, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) invited amfori to speak on behalf of business, alongside the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the ambassador of Bangladesh.
We were asked to respond to the European Commission’s and the European External Action Service’s (EEAS) presentation of their findings of a visit to Bangladesh 11-25 October. The visit was specifically designed to establish the progress Bangladesh had made towards meeting its commitments to the 27 ILO/UN conventions that is a condition of benefiting from EBA preferences. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were also asked to give input and to question the speakers.
After the meeting, the Commission and EEAS were very grateful for amfori’s strong message to Bangladesh on the need for reforms, and with our line on EBA. It asked that we use our influence in the country to push the government to make improvements. They would like to continue to stay in close contact. Several MEPs also want to meet to discuss our line on Bangladesh and on human rights due diligence (HRDD).
Contact: Stuart Newman, Senior Legal Advisor – Trade & Customs