Together with the FTAO, which leads the global Fair Trade movement’s advocacy at EU level, IFOAM EU (European umbrella organisation for organic food and farming), CIDSE (International family of Catholic social justice organisations), RIPESS-Europe (European network of Social Solidarity Economy organisations) and ECOLISE (European network for community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change) are representing their respective movements through a campaign that is a little different from the usual.

We as a coalition have drafted an issue of ‘The Fair Times’; a fictitious newspaper drafted in 2024, the end of the next term of the European Parliament. We have joined forces to call for a fair and sustainable European consumption and production agenda. The newspaper is full of examples of what could be achieved if transformative policies are adopted and implemented by the EU. It is hoped that the newspaper will inspire candidates to commit to taking action if they are elected.

The European Parliament elections are a decisive moment in which citizens and civil society can make their voices heard by voting and putting forward important issues, such as sustainable consumption and production. Through promoting good practices that are ongoing in communities across Europe and calling for an enabling policy environment at EU level, we hope this campaign will motivate candidates to understand the impact of our current production and consumption patterns and how if elected, they could make a huge difference in the EU decision-making process.