On 28th November 2016, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President presented two ideas to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the International Trade Committee. Yentyl was selected amongst 7,500 participants that took part in the European Youth Event (EYE) earlier on this year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where she led the first ever ACP YPN delegation of ten youth to the event. This follow-up in the Brussels’ Parliament allowed 12 young people to take their ideas and present them directly in front of MEPs.
Yentyl presented two ideas on (i) the European Commission’s Trade for All strategy and (ii) the EU-US Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On the first idea, Yentyl underlined that the EU’s trade strategy must allow developing countries products, in particular those from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, to enter the EU market to truly ensure that ‘Trade is for all’ as the strategy suggests. She gave the example of agricultural trade and how support can be given to enhance innovation in agriculture to prove its commitment to a more socially and economically responsible globalisation and international trade for all.
Yentyl’s second idea was based on adding an article to TTIP, and all future EU trade agreements to give youth a role in monitoring the agreement. This ideas was based this on her experience as an observer of the Caribbean EU Trade Agreement at the European Economic and Social Committee, where she represented the ACP YPN. In her words, “It is not only an added-value to make young people more aware of trade agreements and monitoring processes but it allows us to guarantee that trade should foster sustainable development which guarantees youth employment, decent jobs and protects the people and the planet.”
Yentyl Williams is EU-ACP Trade Researcher at the University of Ghent. She is also Founder and President of ACP YPN.
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