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EU: European Commission draws attention to the need for Seoul to uphold the social clause in the EU-Korea trade agreement
Planet Labor, 9 April 2019, n°11080 - www.planetlabor.com

In Seoul on 09 April, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström co-chaired the 8th Trade Committee set up by the EU-South-Korea trade agreement that was initially signed back in 2010 and that both parties recognize as being a success. The meeting was nonetheless somewhat marred by Seoul’s difficulty in approving a section of the ILO’s fundamental conventions that aim to improve working conditions and labor rights. Since the troublesome TTIP (UE-US) and CETA (EU-Canada) negotiations, the European Commission has been trying to promote and extend the scope of social clauses being introduced in these types of agreements.

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