South Asia & ASEAN

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 …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Investment South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

EU Vietnam free trade agreement to be signed today as Hanoi adheres to EU public investment court idea

 The EU and Vietnam have finalised talks on a joint free trade agreement. A signing ceremony will take place on 2 December 2015 afternoon. The agreement is seen a as a major success for the EU’s trade strategy in South East Asia. The deal is the most ambitious agreement signed …

China LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN United States & TTIP

Reminder: Key take-aways of Council (Trade) on 27 November

The Council’s foreign affairs trade branch met for an intense meeting on trade issues. Key take-aways:   TTIP/Transparency: Member state parliamentarians will now receive access to consolidated TTIP texts (i.e. with US views) in EU capitals. This has been a key demand of the German Bundestag. “There will be reading …

South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

EU Vietnam FTA receives broad endorsement in Parliament as Commission announces report on how deal could contribute to human rights improvements

A debate in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Monday revealed that many MEPs broadly endorse a free trade deal concluded last summer and expected to be signed next week.   Signature could be delayed over a variety of remaining concerns, not least civil society and MEP questions …