martes, 29 de abril de 2014

The Vote for Fair Trade (Vote4FT)

The Vote for Fair Trade (Vote4FT) Manifesto was officially launched at an event hosted by the European Parliament Fair Trade Working Group in the evening of 2 April. The Manifesto, which lays down the main Fair Trade movement demands to the European Union for the 2014-2019 term.
The Fair Trade movement launched in 2013 the Vote for Fair Trade (Vote4FT) campaign, with the financial assistance of the European Commission, with the objective to create a dialogue between EU citizens, Fair Trade producers and EU decision-makers on the policies that the EU should put in place to support Fair Trade. A key milestone in this campaign is the public launch of the Vote4FT Manifesto, which lays down themain five demands to the European Union for the 2014-2019 term.
The Fair Trade movement is composed of 2.5 million producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers. On the run up to the European Parliament elections taking place from 20 to 25 May, the Fair Trade movement will be engaging candidates running for the European elections in more than 20 EU Member States, asking them to endorse the 5 demands in the manifesto and making the results available on the campaign website.

Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, stated “More transparency is badly needed in EU trade policy-making, so the best way to start is by publishing which European elections candidates committ to which of the five main Fair Trade movement demands. We hope to provide information to allow EU citizens to make an informed voting decision when they go to the polls”.