'EU trade threat to poor'

25 January 2008 - 5:03pm
Press release

Campaigners from War on Want, Friends of the Earth and the World Development Movement staged a demonstration today (Friday, 25 January) against European Union policies which they warn threaten millions of livelihoods in developing countries. The London protest at the European Commission office came on the eve of trade ministers' special lunch on Saturday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort Davos.

It also took place on the eve of international rallies to mark a day of action by anti-globalisation activists in the World Social Forum movement on Saturday.

stop_europes_unfair_trade_dealsThe London demonstration opposed EU economic partnership agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries which they say will destroy many jobs by forcing developing nations to open their markets to unfair competition.

Protesters also targeted EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson?s free-market vision for a Global Europe, which they claim puts at risk the livelihoods of millions of workers and farmers in the developing world.

The demonstrators, with placards demanding "Stop Europe?s Unfair Trade Deals", handed in a protest letter to Reijo Kemppinen, head of the EC representation in London, at his office at 8 Storey's Gate, London SW1P 3AT.

CONTACT: Paul Collins, War on Want media office - (+44) (0)20 7549 0584 or (+44) (0)7983 550728


Click here to see more photographs and a video from the demonstration.

]]>

Tax Transparency Now

Demand the EU act for tax transparency now! 

 

Latest news

War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

Read more

The women of Honduras speak out against electoral fraud

12 February 2018 - 12:15pm

In November, 2017, Hondurans took to the polls to elect a new president, local governors and councillors. However, far from a smooth transition into a new presidency, numerous irregularities and allegations of electoral fraud became apparent, unleashing a post-election crisis.

Read more

Join the conversation

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers’ union, explains how #McDonalds workers are getting together in the… https://t.co/4nzXAGCaSu 7 hours 29 min ago
This week, #McDonalds workers handed a letter to the UK CEO asking for union recognition for staff. Support the McS… https://t.co/ntfc4WeXZs 8 hours 16 min ago
#Palestinian political prisoners are counting on us to keep the pressure on to help put an end to #Israel’s brutal… https://t.co/o5gxBiYkvG 8 hours 39 min ago