Councils in Yorkshire will find it easier to buy Fair Trade products and help tackle poverty aroud the world.
Local Euro MP and co-founder of the European Parliament’s Fair Trade working group Linda McAvan, has joined with fellow MEPs to vote in favour of new public procurement rules that will make it easier for public authorities to buy Fair Trade produce.
In the past, complex rules and legal challenges have hampered some public authorities from opting for a Fair Trade purchasing policy in their contracts. In the Netherlands, a coffee company challenged one local authority in the courts because they had a Fair Trade tea and coffee policy. The new rules apply across Europe and allow a wider range of social and environmental considerations to be taken into account. Ms McAva said: “Yorkshire is a Fair Trade region, and so these new laws will give a renewed boost to local authorities to choose Fair Trade.”