South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

ASEAN: Commission eyes 2018 for EU Vietnam FTA implementation and revival of Malaysia FTA plans this year

The Commission is hoping the EU Vietnam free trade agreement concluded last December can come into force in early 2018, Frauke Sommer, Policy Coordinator, South and South-East Asia at DG Trade said at a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels today.   The deal is undergoing ‘legal scrubbing’ and …

China Trade defence

China antidumping: Business Europe won’t participate in Commission public consultation as options seen as too “narrow”

In an angry letter to Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, the head of Business Europe Markus Beyrer explains why the biggest EU business lobby will not participate in the public consultation launched by the EU on the possibility of amending the EU’s trade defence law:   Excerpts from the letter:   “As …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

Rana Plaza: EU calls on Bangladesh to work harder on worker rights

In a joint statement on the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza accident in Bangladesh leaving more than thousand garment factory workers, dead, Commissioners Malmström, Thyssen and Mimica, state that there has been progress in enforcement of union rights and improvements of labour standards in the country but more needs …