Ghent is the EU´s first Fairtrade City
29 June 2018
It´s been a very exciting week for Fairtrade. We had the first ever Fairtrade Cities Awards. With applications from Fairtrade towns and cities from all over the EU, the finalists came to Brussels on Wednesday for the awards ceremony. The EU wide award recognises and celebrates cities’ achievements and positive impact in the area of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade. Huge Congratulations to Ghent who have become the first European Fair Trade City. You can watch their video submission here. Ghent´s connection with Fairtrade has been long established. They became Belgium´s very first Fairtrade city back in 2005 and since then the city has taken to Fairtrade through events, awareness raising sessions and local government procurement with an impressive ambition of buying only Fairtrade or ethically sourced material by 2024!
There were also a number of other European cities who received special mentions Dortmund, Madrid, Saarbrücken and Lyon.
The Fairtrade Cities award is the result of a lot of hard work by the EU Fair Trade Advocacy office and its member organisation working with MEPs from the European Parliament´s Fairtrade Working Group. I am particularly grateful to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for being such an enthusiastic supporter of Fairtrade over the last number of years and to staff in her department who through their energy behind the project.