Some Critical Issues in EU-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

25 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013 Last revised: 11 Sep 2013

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Jan Wouters

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Idesbald Goddeeris

KU Leuven

Bregt Natens

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Filip Ciortuz

KU Leuven

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

The free trade agreement currently negotiated between the European Union (EU) and India is due to be the first of a new generation of free trade agreements between the EU and an emerging economy. This paper addresses a number of critical issues in the negotiations and the EU’s response to them. These issues include European labour standards and GATS Mode 4 liberalisation; Indian generic medicine production and EU interests in patent protection; EU agricultural subsidies and their impact on the Indian dairy sector; the human rights and democracy dimension of the EU’s foreign policy; and transparency issues of the negotiation process.

Keywords: EU, India, FTA, free trade agreement, trade negotiations, generic medicines, labor rights, transparency

Suggested Citation

Wouters, Jan and Goddeeris, Idesbald and Natens, Bregt and Ciortuz, Filip, Some Critical Issues in EU-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations (February 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2249788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2249788

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Idesbald Goddeeris

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Bregt Natens

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Filip Ciortuz

KU Leuven ( email )

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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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