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22 Sep 2020

European Parliament Committee on Development

Draft opinion of the Committee on Development

The Committee on Development calls on the Committee on Legal Affairs, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions into its motion for a resolution:

1 Acknowledges that there is sufficient strong evidence that shows that the voluntary efforts of Union companies to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of their behaviour on developing countries have failed...

4 Stresses that all human rights should be covered by the future legislation; considers that emphasis should be placed on workers and trade union rights, women, children or indigenous people...

5 Highlights that the obligation to respect and protect human rights, the environment and to avoid the risk of corruption should be embedded throughout whole global value chains, products, services and business relationships; ...

9 Expresses the opinion that the future legislation should establish a comprehensive system of liability that includes administrative, civil and criminal liability, and a sanctioning mechanism to enforce compliance with the new legislation and ensure enforcement...;

10 Stresses that access to effective remedy is crucial; considers that the legislation should oblige companies to have an effective grievance mechanism...; considers... that such mechanism should provide for effective judicial remedies to victims of human rights violations, environmental damage and corruption abuses...; believes that special protection should be provided to human rights defenders...;

11 Is convinced that it is crucial to make the sustainable development chapters of free trade agreements more enforceable and that the new legislation should explore ways of integrating the due diligence requirements into those chapters.