Unpacking the EU's Green Initiatives - Webinar
The International Trade Centre delivered the first webinar of its three-part webinar series on ‘Unpacking the EU’s green initiatives' on 14 April 2022, 09.30 - 11.30am CET.
Trade is a pivotal instrument for creating policies and regulations that set the framework conditions to usher in a green economy and foster green trade opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). With environmental sustainability and climate resilience becoming important determinants of enterprise competitiveness, it is increasingly important for MSMEs to understand, adapt to and leverage opportunities in green trade; and for governments to have in place the required regulatory, policy and institutional frameworks to enable businesses to comply with greener standards as well as to meet shifting consumer demands; and facilitate operations to become less resource-intensive and more environmentally sustainable.
The EU is implementing several initiatives to mainstream environmental sustainability and green growth into its trade policy framework – including through dedicated chapters on trade and sustainable development in its FTAs, environmental commitments to access preferences under its GSP schemes, and various regulatory initiatives relating to sustainable products and supply chains, climate change mitigation, etc.
The aim of this webinar was to introduce stakeholders to the various EU green initiatives and regulatory developments which have an impact on trade and developing countries access to the EU market. This webinar demonstrated the importance of being up to date on such initiatives and participants discussed how it can impact exports from developing countries seeking to access the EU market.