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EBCA delighted to see Vietnam and the EU officially launch FTA negotiations

As a major investor in Vietnam, EBCA’s members were very pleased to see the European Commission and Vietnam hold a first round of FTA negotiations in October 2012. Vietnam is an important producer and increasingly sophisticated consumer of international fashion brands. It therefore presents an excellent opportunity for the EU to generate economic growth opportunities for its businesses, and offer affordable products to its consumers in this economically challenging climate.

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Vietnam FTA: Legal scrubbing till April

| The trade agreement between EU and Vietnam may be sent for approval by Parliament and Council in April.

CETA: Joint review of T&SD chapters

| Commission asks for joint review the enforceability of CETA’s T&SD chapters in response to promises made in October 2016 when the Walloon regional parliament threatened to derail the agreement.

Slow progress with Mexico

| he Commission published its report from the fifth round of negotiations with Mexico. Rules of origin remain sticking point.

MEPs call for Commission to rely on multilateral conventions rather than sanctions for TSD enforcement

| Following the release of the Commission’s non-paper in July, MEP Christofer Fjellner (SE, EPP) and MEP Daniel Caspary (DE, EPP), sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, providing the

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