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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


India to EU: Can’t sweeten trade pact
The Indian government has run out of patience and will ask the European Union to sign a free trade deal "within a narrow political window", reports Times of India
Court ruling fails to stop business lobbies’ privileged access in EU-India trade talks
In a ruling delivered on 7 June following a lawsuit by lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory, the EU’s General Court in Luxembourg concludes that the European Commission did not violate EU rules when withholding information about the EU-India free trade talks from the public, even though it had already shared the information with corporate lobby groups
EU-India FTA talks stuck; insurance could be game spoiler
Talks between India-EU chief negotiators on FTA today got stuck with the European bloc making clear that the pact cannot proceed unless the insurance sector was further opened up by New Delhi, which expressed its inability to do so without Parliament approval.
In whose interest is EU-India FTA being negotiated?
NGOS, academics, patient groups, humanitarian organisations, trade unions, farmers groups and mass movements, representing hundreds of organisations and networks across the country, asked Mr. Anand Sharma, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, to explain to the nation which sectors and who exactly are benefiting from the FTA that is currently being negotiated with the European Union.
Political opposition to EU-India FTA gathers momentum
Leaders of the main opposition parties in India came together recently in New Delhi to voice their opposition to the proposed Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement between India and the European Union
Revisit free trade pact mechanism, Acharia tells PM
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture Basudeb Acharia has urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to revisit the “entire mechanism” of free trade agreements.
India threatens to stall trade talks with EU
India is expected to give an ultimatum to the 27-nation bloc on recognising it as a ’data-secure’ country
Oppn wants FTA with EU to be discussed in parliament
The main opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Left parties joined hands to demand that union government should discuss the crucial free trade agreement with European Union before a final decision is taken by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
Traders protest against govt policies on FDI, FTA
Traders and several union leaders from different states of India today participated in a rally to protest against the government’s initiatives like opening up retail sector for foreign investors and proposed India-EU FTA.
Oppn wants FTA with EU to be discussed in parliament
The main opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Left parties joined hands to demand that union government should discuss the crucial free trade agreement with European Union before a final decision is taken by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.