Latin America and Europe are closely linked economically, culturally, and historically. Several agreements to foster the relationship have been negotiated or are close to conclusion. Changed requirements on both sides regarding scope and content of the agreements as well as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which is hitting Latin America particularly hard have dramatically changed the context. FES gathers experts from politics, civil society and academia to discuss the social, political and ecological impacts of the agreements:
EU-Andean FTA I Return to primary commodities?
The Free Trade Agreement with the Andean countries Colombia, Ecuador and Peru entered into force in 2013. Its trade and sustainability chapter should guarantee international environmental standards and labour rights. What are our partners’ views on trade developments under the FTA? Is sustainability really guaranteed? Which impacts does the FTA have on the Andean states’ economy, especially the agricultural sector which continues to play a key role? Given the changed economic context brought about by the Corona pandemic what lessons should be drawn from its implementation for future trade agreements?