Great hope for animal welfare in European Parliament’s vote on EU-Vietnam Trade negotiations
Posted on 05/02/2014
Eurogroup for Animals calls upon the International Trade Committee to consider and support animal welfare when it meets on 12 February next week to agree its Resolution on the EU-Vietnam trade agreement.
We urge the Rapporteur Jan Zahradil MEP to encourage his colleagues to accept and positively endorse the following requests, in particular the inclusion of:
- Animal welfare in the Free Trade Agreement’s section dedicated to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
- A binding and enforceable sustainable development chapter reflecting the EU and Vietnam's common commitment to promote respect for, compliance with, and enforcement of, international human rights, the eight International Labour Organisation's core conventions and key multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be accompanied by the involvement of civil society.
Eurogroup’s view on these amendments comes as the result of a fact-finding mission to Vietnam in 2013 which assessed the situation in the country and identified areas for improvement related to trade with Vietnam and our report of the mission can be found in the links below.