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EU Vietnam FTA: rice carve-outs and ‘double transformation’ rule of origin in sight
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EU Vietnam FTA: rice carve-outs and ‘double transformation’ rule of origin in sight

Ongoing European Union (EU)-Vietnam free trade negotiations are reaching a critical point. Although negotiations have advanced well so far, the most difficult part of the talks still lies ahead of Brussels and Hanoi, a hearing at the EU parliament revealed.  Some idea of the likely carve-outs from trade liberalisation in this politically sensitive deal for …

Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?
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Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?

In a speech to the Brussels business community, Cecilia Malmström set out the European Commission’s approach to China. The trade commissioner’s talk indicates there will likely not be much change in the way Brussels deals with the giant Asian country. European businesses wanting the EU to open more markets in China for them might …

Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties Vietnam

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 …