The BAK looks favorably upon focusing on sustainable development and the establishment of minimum labor- and environmental standards. If the EU should decide on the negotiation of bilateral free trade agreements with the countries listed in the strategy paper, the following demands should be taken into consideration from the view of the BAK:
With the strategy paper „Global Europe – Competing in the World“, dated October 2006, the European Union presents a reorientation of the Common Commercial Policy. It moves the accent away from the multilateral WTO negotiations to the bilateral approach. The Federal Chamber of Labour (BAK) on the other hand prefers multilateral negotiations compared to bilateral ones, as bilateral free trade agreements undermine WTO negotiations.