At a hearing with the European parliament yesterday, Cecilia Malmström explained what will be her next moves.
[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …
[sh_light_text ]Vietnam and the EU are hopeful that a free trade agreement between them can be concluded by October this year. But signing the deal could be the easy part, getting the new European Parliament to agree remains a far greater challenge. [/sh_light_text] By Rory Cahill