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30.10.2012   MEP Zdanoka's speech on Guaranteeing independent impact assessments (6 June 2011 - Strasbourg)

Tatjana Ždanoka (Verts/ALE ). – Mr President, I warmly thank our rapporteur, Mr Falbr, for his work, and despite his initial concerns, the report remains very strong. Speaking on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group, I would emphasise once again that the International Labour Organisation’s role should be strengthened. Voluntary corporate social responsibility is a good thing but the primary role in promoting and protecting human rights belongs to states and international organisations.

We do not think that legally binding standards should be avoided in the field of corporate responsibility: in Europe, we should create additional standards for company reporting. On the other hand, the violation of fundamental principles and rights at work cannot be used as a legitimate comparative advantage. Europe should promote its social model and improve, rather than reduce, social standards both internally and externally.


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