Scope of the inquiry
On Wednesday May 22, the eve of the European Parliament elections, the Committee will convene a one-off session examining the EU’s approach to trade policy – focusing specifically on the EU’s trade strategy and its current negotiations with countries such as the Australia and New Zealand.
The Committee will also examine issues of particular controversy, such as concerns that arose during the now abandoned negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, and how the EU pursues a trade policy that facilitates sustainable development.
With a new European Parliament, Commission and Council President all set to be appointed, the session will provide a timely look at recent developments ahead of the elections on Thursday. The Committee will first hear an overview of EU trade strategy from policy experts, followed by a panel of witnesses representing business, labour, consumer and agricultural interests.
Terms of reference: EU trade policy