Tag: trade liberalization

FTA Negotiations with India Snag Over Procurements and Automobile Duties

FTA Negotiations with India Snag Over Procurements and Automobile Duties

The European Union and India are in the final stages of their negotiations concerning a free trade agreement which began six years ago, in 2007. While certainly on its way to becoming more tightly integrated into the global economy, India still has a number of restrictions and economic barriers in place which make it difficult […]

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France, the EU’s second largest economy, has threatened to veto any trade agreement with the United States which does not honour the so-called ‘cultural exception’. The cultural exception is a concept which was originally introduced by France in 1993 during negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). It  seeks to protect culture […]

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Europe tomorrow, June 11th, for an eight-day trip to France, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Canada and the EU have been negotiating a free trade deal since 2009, but talks have intensified considerably ahead of Mr Harpers trip. Trade negotiators from Canada have been in Brussels for over […]

Turkey and the TTIP

Turkey and the TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade deal between the EU common market and the US, is expected to be concluded by next year. The staggering proportions of the deal (US-EU trade accounts for one third of the world total) ensure that it will have a decisive impact on global commerce. Yet some […]