In a bid to break the long standing deadlock over the proposed
India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement, Chief Negotiators from both
sides will meet in New Delhi next month, EU ambassador to India Tomasz
Kozlowski has said.
His remarks come in the backdrop of a long pause in negotiations between
the two sides owing to differences on crucial issues such as intellectual
property rights, duty cut on automobile and spirits, among others.
“We want the concluding of a broad and comprehensive FTA. It has to be a
win-win situation,” the EU envoy said. “The chief negotiators will meet here
soon, in mid-November. European Union wants to move this forward and I’m rather
optimistic,” he said.
He said the EU is the biggest trading partner for India and the proposed
pact will be beneficial for both sides. He was speaking at a session on
‘India-EU Relations: Can it be a factor of stability in an Uncertain World?’ at
the India International Centre here last week.
The 14th India-EU Summit was held in New Delhi on October 6, during which
the two sides held extensive deliberations on bilateral, regional and
international issues, including the Rohingya crisis and the volatile situation
in the Korean peninsula.
However, there was no major headway on the much-delayed FTA at Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the European Council president Donald
Franciszek Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
and the EU have been strategic partners since 2004. The 13th India-EU Summit
was held in Brussels on March 30 last year during Modi’s visit. The last year’s
summit meeting had also failed to make any headway on the resumption of the
long-stalled negotiations for an FTA. Kozlowski also asserted the EU was a
“credible, predictable, and reliable partner” of India in all fields of