Together with civil society organisations and trade unions, in this open letter AK EUROPA raises concerns about the slow pace of engagement at the Council level on the EU Forced Labour Regulation. The proposed regulation could contribute to creating conditions for EU companies to meaningfully address forced labour in their value chains, both inside and outside the EU. With the European Parliament actively defining its own position, it is of utmost importance that, during the Spanish Presidency, the Council opens avenues for concrete discussions amongst Member States with the goal of agreeing, during the Spanish Presidency, on a General Approach. Since the proposal of the European Commission still has significant gaps, the open letter presses upon the Council to focus its engagement on a robust worker-centric approach, which includes remediation for victims.

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