Asia

EU FTAs & bilateral ties India LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur Philippines South Asia & ASEAN

New EU FTA moves underway: Philippines, India, Mercosur

Another ASEAN milestone   The EU and the Philippines have now officialised their wish to enter into free trade agreement talks, after initial exploratory discussions were finalised. A first round of negotiations is scheduled in “the first half of 2016”, the Commission announced.   The Philippines, a member of the …

China

New European Parliament Report on China

Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution on EU-China relations. The report issues recommendations on all areas of cooperation, including foreign policy.   In the area of commercial policy, the report calls for the introduction of a “fully-fledged sustainable development chapter to be included in the bilateral investment treaty under …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

NGO FIDH calls on EU to tackle human rights with Vietnam in aftermath of EU Vietnam FTA

“In its rush to conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement with Vietnam, the EU has not only neglected to conduct a human rights impact assessment but also failed to demand an end to Hanoi’s ongoing rights violations”, FIDH President Karim Lahidji said in a statement ahead of a Human …