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In brief: EU announces advances on sustainable development in FTA talks with Vietnam

The EU Commission announced that advances were made on a chapter on sustainable development in a planned free trade deal with Vietnam. In a statement, the body in charge of negotiating the agreement for Europe said:   “The chapter on Trade and Sustainable Development contains robust provisions, including: commitments to the …

Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties Vietnam

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon

[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties India Mobility Services

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?

[sh_light_text ]Despite talks of a potential revival of the stalled Europe-India free trade negotiations after the general elections in India this month, its chances remain very low. Blockages in India’s investment policy and the European Union’s reluctance to open its doors to Indian professionals in the information technology sector will be hard …