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EU-PH FTA protest action in the Philippines
Health groups register their contempt for the upcoming EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement.
Citra Mina workers
The Philippine government is hoping the EU-Philippines FTA wil facilitate more tuna exports to the EU, but the industry is riddled with issues of low wages, unfair labor practices, poor and slave-like working conditions.
Signing away sovereignty
The Philippines has a web of investment treaties which severely constrain the government’s ability to regulate or close polluting mines, a legal straitjacket that will become even tighter if the EU–Philippines Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proceed
EU and Philippines kick off trade talks today
Philippine trade negotiators meet their DG Trade counterparts for a first round of trade talks, five months after they were announced, but nobody expects a cakewalk.
PH to push agri agenda at PJEPA talks
The Philippines will put forward its interests on agriculture sector during the renegotiation of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).
PH, EU to commence free-trade negotiations
The Philippine government is gearing for its first round of negotiations with the 28-member European Union for a free trade agreement.
Midnight trade deal: Why is the Aquino government rushing a free trade deal with Europe?
Press statement of the EU-ASEAN Network on signing of Philippines-EFTA FTA
PH, EFTA to sign free trade pact
The Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will sign anytime this week the free trade agreement between the two, the country’s second bilateral FTA after the one with Japan.
Government reviews tariff liberalization commitment to RCEP
The government of Philippines is reviewing its tariff liberalization commitments to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Aquino warned: Do not let PH fall into TPP pit
IBON said that President Aquino should primarily push for the people and the nation’s interests. The President should not allow the TPP to exploit the country’s natural resources and industries.
EU and the Philippines launch negotiations for a free trade agreement
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo agreed to start negotiations for an EU-Philippines free trade agreement (FTA).
EU and Philippines to begin free trade talks
The European Union (EU) and the Philippines are to start talks on a free-trade agreement, in an attempt to boost trade and investment.
Behind pomp of APEC summit, crushing poverty endures
Opponents argue the APEC agenda of liberalizing trade further strengthens wealthy nations at the expense of developing countries, who largely can only compete in low wage industries such as garment manufacturing.
EU to launch trade talks with Australia and Philippines
The EU and Australia have agreed to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) during the margins of the G20 summit in Turkey, whilst the Council gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on an FTA with the Philippines.
Philippines, Chile eye free trade deal
The governments of the Philippines and Chile on Monday agreed to pursue a possible free trade agreement, signing a letter of intent on a joint feasibility study.
Philippines studying prospects of joining TPP
The Philippines is scrutinizing the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), consulting stakeholders and assessing the TPP’s economic impact on the country.
DTI consultations to help set EFTA deal agenda
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to meet members of business groups and nongovernment institutions to discuss the state of trade negotiations with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
PH climate change official tells APEC: No trade without addressing disaster risk issues
There can be no trade agreement without addressing disaster risk and climate change issues in the Asia-Pacific region, the Philippine government says.
Efta states asked to make PH their gateway to Asean
The Philippines is willing to “provide more openings” in the local services sector for the four-member states of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) under a proposed free trade agreement (FTA), if the bloc makes the country its hub in or main gateway to the Asean.
PH wants agri products included in European free trade pact
The Philippines is negotiating for the inclusion of processed tropical fruits and durable fresh products as part of the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association. EFTA, in turn, wants zero tariff market access for fish.