In recent years, EU trade policy has become a true issue of debate in the civil society at national level: that shows the need to bring trade policy closer to EU citizens. EU Member States have different existing national structures, procedures and consultation methods, as well as ratification processes; however, citizens from most countries not always seem to be able to fully express their voices in national debates on trade policy.
The objective of the event will be to :
- assess and examine the different kinds of consultation procedures that exist in the Member States
- explore how civil society and consultative structures, wherever they exist, are informed or consulted on negotiations and implementation of trade agreements
- promote the experience of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in the domain of the EU trade policy