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Documentation of the conference available

A documentation of the conference "European Municipalities Take Action for Fair Trade" has been created.
It features the main points of the keynote speeches, the results of the World Café and Workshop sessions as well as some impressions of the programme.
You can download it here:

Documentation "European Municupalities Take Action for Fair Trade" (pdf, 24.3 MB).

"European Municipalities Take Action for Fair Trade"

80 participants from the public administration, civil society and the business sector discussed about FairTrade

Fair coffee table on the market square
Fair coffee table on the market square

The conference "European Municipalities Take Action for Fair Trade" was a great success.
80 people from all over Europe gathered in the Bremen Parliament to discuss about issues on Fair Trade.
The conference featured Keynote speakers such as Bernd Lange from the European Parliament or Bruce Crowther from the worlds first Fair Trade Town, Garstang, in the United Kingdom.

The during the keynote speeches, the World Café and Workshop sessions, the participants engaged in critical and fruitful discussions around topics such as:

  • Best practice examples
  • What are obtacles when it comes to promoting Fair Trade?
  • How can municipalities work together in order to promote Fair Trade at the European level?
  • Public Procurement

At detailed overview of the outcomes of the conference can be found in the conference documentation that will be released on the end of November 2013!


What can municipalities in Europe do in order to support fair trade?

This conference is a forum for the exchange of experience between municipalities from different European countries, civil society initiatives and other important stakeholders. It wants to strengthen existing municipal commitment, encourage new stakeholders and support the issue of fair trade through effective networking at the European level. The event will focus not only on successful models. Potential obstacles and difficulties will be discussed intensively and critically in several working group sessions:

  • social and ecological criteria in municipal procurement
  • building sustainably acting local structures for the promotion of fair trade
  • inclusion of new actors as well as success factors for local campaigns
  • funding and implementation in areas of tension between financial constraints expectations of business enterprises and civil society initiatives
  • necessary framework conditions for strengthening the involvement of local governments

Participants are invited to join the award ceremony of the German competition Capital of Fair Trade 2013 held on September 18th in Bremen’s historic town hall. The event will provide an impressive presentation of local initiatives for fair trade in Germany.

Further information can be found in the conference flyer. (pdf, 675.9 KB)