Amid protests, EU-India trade talks begin today

Amid protests, EU-India trade talks begin today
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First Published: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 10 23 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 10 23 PM IST
New Delhi: Ahead of the three-day free trade negotiations between India and the European Union, or EU, starting on Tuesday, a campaign group led by trade unions and non-profit organizations have asked the government to halt the talks. The dialogue will be led by P.K. Chaudhary, additional secretary in the ministry of commerce and industry, from the Indian side. The Forum on FTAs, an umbrella group of 75 organizations, has been demanding restraint on government’s part in taking unilateral decisions on issues such as investment, services, intellectual property rights and labour. Talks for a bilateral agreement between India and EU were launched in Brussels in 2007.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 10 23 PM IST