With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
The demand for fair and ethical trade products within the EU makes it the world's largest market for such goods. A study by the European Parliamentary Research Service has showed that virtually two-thirds of worldwide purchases of these products take place within the EU. This is in line with a finding obtained by Eurobarometer in 2010 revealing that almost 40% of EU consumers are willing to pay more for a product if its production proved to help developing countries, preserve the environment, and respect producers' social conditions. Increasing the availability of fair and ethical trade products to European consumers by promoting a framework of conditions conducive to more trade between Brazil and the EU, therefore, would be in line with the interests of EU consumers.
Next to consumers, the proposed action would also be beneficial to EU fair and ethical trade organizations, especially those that have an interest in, or already work with, Brazilian products. Europe is the region in the world where most international fair and ethical trade organizations are based.
The overall objective of this project is to create new business opportunities between the EU and Brazil through an increase in trade of fair and ethical products between them, involving Brazilian producers, EU importers, policy-makers, and consumers of such products. This will be done by fostering the identification and dissemination of best practices, awareness raising and information sharing between policymakers and Fair and Ethical Trade sector players.
As of 1 December 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty entering into force, the Delegation of the European Commission turned into the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil. The Delegation in Brazil is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world. The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Brazil. The institutions of the European Union are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Central Bank and the Court of Auditors.
On 1 January 2007 the European Union completed its fifth enlargement. Today the European Union is made up of 27 Members States, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world.
The Delegation's mandate includes the following:
The European Union (EU) and Brazil have a long-standing relationship covering areas such as political cooperation, the economy, trade, investment, climate change and the Mercosur integration process.
Brazil and the EU share a long-standing relationship based on strong cultural and historical ties. In fact, Brazil was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the EU. In the 1960s, the two parties exchanged formal diplomatic Missions.
In 2007, the EU recognised Brazil as one of its key global partners through the establishment of the formal EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership.
This partnership covers a range of issues including: