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The Commission's failure to carry out a human rights impact assessment of the envisaged EU-Vietnam free trade agreement

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  • Case: 1409/2014/MHZ
    Opened on 03 Sep 2014 - Recommendation on 26 Mar 2015 - Decision on 26 Feb 2016
  • Institution(s) concerned: European Commission
  • Field(s) of law: General, financial and institutional matters
  • Types of maladministration alleged – (i) breach of, or (ii) breach of duties relating to: Lawfulness (incorrect application of substantive and/or procedural rules) [Article 4 ECGAB],Duty of care
  • Subject matter(s): Institutional and policy matters


The Commission wrongly refuses to carry out a human rights impact assessment as part of the preparations for an EU free trade agreement with Vietnam.


The Commission should conduct a comprehensive and participatory human rights impact assessment.