Specialized civil society advisory groups from the EU and partner countries bring together environmental, labour and economic organisations to discuss the implementation of the trade and sustainable development chapters of EU trade agreements. The External Relations Division of the European Economic and Social Committee is the SECRETARIAT of the EU`s CIS. There has been an increase in regional trade agreements (ATRs) around the world, but also in the Asia-Pacific region, which has contributed to their trade growth. Indeed, the Asia-Pacific region has undergone an export-oriented trend over the past three decades, with economic growth closely linked to poverty reduction. This increasingly requires better integration into regional and global value and supply chains, which are essential to Asian growth. In particular, outsourcing in manufacturing, particularly in the technology and labour-intensive manufacturing sectors, has made the region a perfect example of the potential positive force that trade can have on the economy and society. Following a debate with EU institutions, EU member states and civil society organisations, the Commission`s services published an informal document on 26 February 2018 containing 15 points of action aimed at making the implementation of the chapters on trade and sustainable development more effective and improving their implementation. The Commission`s services regularly update the implementation of the 15-point action plan. The EU is also taking measures to prevent the importation of fish from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and trade in these products on the EU market. The ability of international trade to bring greater social and environmental benefits to sustainable development depends to a large extent on the quality of the ATR and the public and private sector policies put in place to support this development. An example of these measures are taxes on greenhouse gas emissions, the rejection of the use of plastic bags, among others, or the establishment of a mechanism for cooperation in the conflict between countries to improve labour standards, as was established in 2004 between Chile and the United States by the free trade agreement between Chile and the United States.