The European Union and India launched negotiations on a bilateral free trade and investment agreement in June 2007. However, between the governments, a number of controversies have been plaguing the talks. Delhi wants Brussels to relax its stringent food safety criteria which penalise Indian farm and fishery exports and to make it easier for Indian professionals to work in the EU. Europe is primarily out to win major openings of India’s services sector and broad liberalisation of foreign investment, while India does not want to discuss allowing European firms to compete in India’s government procurement market.

Indian social movements, including fisherfolk and labour unions, people living with HIV/AIDS and other health activists have been mobilizing against the FTA. International actions and campaigns have particularly targeted the proposed intellectual property provisions of the agreement, and the impact of the FTA on access to medicines.

last update: May 2012


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  • 7-Oct-2015 Madhyam India-EU FTA: time for a fundamental rethink?
    India and EU would soon resume negotiations on the stalled India-EU free trade agreement.
  • 17-Aug-2015 Euractiv EU, India working to resolve trade row over generic drugs
    The EU and India are taking steps to end a trade row sparked by an EU ban of 700 Indian pharmaceutical products after New Delhi cancelled talks on a free trade accord earlier this month.
  • 10-Aug-2015 The Economic Times GVK ban fallout: India defers FTA talks with EU
    India government has deferred talks with the European Union on the proposed free trade agreement, peeved at the ban imposed on around 700 pharma products, which were clinically tested by GVK Biosciences.
  • 6-Aug-2015 Metro L’Inde suspend les négociations pour un accord de libre-échange avec l’Europe
    L’Inde a suspendu les négociations pour un accord de libre-échange avec l’Union européenne en réponse à la décision de la Commission d’interdire la commercialisation de 700 médicaments génériques
  • 6-Aug-2015 The Indian Express India defers FTA talks with EU over ban of 700 drugs
    Objecting to the ban of around 700 pharma products by the European Union, India said that it has called off a scheduled meeting of chief negotiators of the two sides on the proposed free trade agreement
  • 27-Jul-2015 Business Standard No FDI in multibrand retail under trade pact: India to EU
    The government of India has categorically informed the European Union that it will not allow European multibrand retail firms to set up shop here, even as both sides decided to resume negotiations towards concluding the long-pending Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement.
  • 20-Jul-2015 Live Mint India, EU to resume talks on FTA on 28 August
    When talks resume, lack of clarity on domestic laws regarding bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and government procurement law may delay the progress in negotiations.
  • 30-Jun-2015 Live Mint EU, India aim to resume stalled FTA talks in August
    India and the European Union have set a tentative August date for the resumption of stalled negotiations for a free trade agreement, with both sides keen to break the deadlock, outgoing commerce secretary Rajeev Kher said on Monday.
  • 1-Jun-2015 The Hindu Exporters for FTA, CEPA with EU
    Indian knitwear exporters have made an appeal to expedite the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union.
  • 26-May-2015 PTI Sitharaman-EU trade commissioner meeting next week on FTA
    India Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her EU counterpart Cecila Malmstrom next week to take stock of the proposed FTA at political level, an EU envoy said, stating that taxation will not be part of the trade deal’s coverage.
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