South Asia & ASEAN

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 …

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 …


MEP Fjellner: investment court in EU Vietnam FTA amounts to “trusting judges appointed by a communist regime”

The young Swedish MEP (EPP) Christopher Fjellner is playing the role of gadfly on investment protection in the EU Parliament, whose pressure has led the EU to introduce permanent judges as part of the dispute resolution pillar of its new bilateral free trade agreements.   Under proposal in the ongoing …