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India, Belgium pitch for resumption of FTA talks

India, Belgium pitch for resumption of FTA talks

India and Belgium Tuesday pitched for resumption of the long stalled negotiations on the proposed India-EU free trade agreement (FTA) on "mutually agreed terms" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Charles Michel resolved to strengthen their bilateral ties.

India-EU trade pact to benefit both sides: Patel

The proposed India-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will benefit both the sides and spur two-way trade, the Ministry of Heavy Industry said Friday.

Data secure status for India is vital: Sharma on FTA with EU

India has a "very good agreement on table" for the European Union on bilateral free trade pact but data security status is all important for the country, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said Tuesday.

India asks EU to address concerns on data security status

India Thursday asked European Union to address its concerns on providing data secure status for the IT industry under the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), to which the 27-member bloc has expressed willingness to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG).

India-EU FTA talks fail to bridge gaps; ministerial meet unlikely

In a set back to talks for the long-pending India-EU FTA, the chief negotiators' meet on Friday failed to bridge "substantial gaps" on crucial issues, including insurance and data security status for IT sector, creating a bleak possibility of a ministerial meet next month.

India-EU FTA: Top officials hold second round of talks

Chief negotiators of India and the EU Thursday held the second round of talks on the stalled free trade agreement on which the discussions had started in June 2007.

India-EU FTA talks stuck; insurance could be game spoiler

Talks between India-EU chief negotiators on FTA Wednesday got stuck with the European bloc making clear that the pact cannot proceed unless the insurance sector was further opened up by New Delhi.

India talks tough on FTA with EU; asks for lowering ambition

Ahead of crucial talks between chief negotiators of India and the EU from on Wednesday to iron out differences to conclude long-pending FTA talks, top officials today made it clear that the European bloc has to "lower down" its "high ambitions" if it really wants to seal the pact.

'India, EU yet to reach consensus on vexed issues for FTA'

"Final positions are to emerge as the negotiations across various sectors including cars are ongoing," Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

FTA: EU members willing to work out 'balanced outcome'

Amid differences over the extent of duty cut in automobile sector, the EU is ready to work out for a "balanced outcome" in the proposed free-trade agreement with India, according to the visiting Members of the European Parliament.

India-EU FTA: Negotiators may meet next month

The negotiators of India and European Union are likely to meet here next month in a bid to resolve contentious issues creating a road-block in inking of the bilateral FTA, ahead of their ministers meeting in June.

Talks on India-EU FTA progressing 'very well': Sharma

Notwithstanding the differences resulting in delay in inking of India-EU free trade agreement, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Thursday said the negotiations are progressing "very well".

CAIT for Parliament debate on India-EU FTA implications

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Tuesday said the proposed India-EU Free Trade Agreement would adversely impact sectors like auto and dairy and called for a Parliamentary debate on the implications of the pact.

India, EU open new round of trade negotiations on FTA

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma held discussion with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht at the European Commission building in Brussels, a commission spokesperson said.

India, EU to meet on Monday to iron out FTA issues

India and EU will hold a crucial meeting on the proposed free trade agreement tomorrow in Brussels to iron out the impediments in concluding of the bilateral pact.

Angela Merkel vows support for India-EU FTA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday pledged Berlin's support to pave the way for an India-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Investment protection pact in India-EU free trade agreement

An investment protection pact will be included in the proposed India-EU free trade agreement and the two sides will try to resolve issues concerning duty cut in the automobile sector in the high-level meet in Brussels on April 14.

France asks India to further liberalise services, auto sector

France on Thursday asked India to further open its market for foreign companies in sectors like services and automobile under the India-EU free trade agreement.

Patel hints at import duty concessions on luxury cars from EU

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel Monday hinted at his ministry's willingness to accept cutting duties on luxury cars imported from Europe as part of India-EU Free Trade Agreement.

'India, EU free trade agreement facing bureaucratic hurdles'

Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb blames the bureaucratic obstacle for the delay in signing of the agreement.