On 22 January 2014, the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) hold a workshop on the 'Impacts of the EU-India free trade agreement on human and social rights'. Pierre Gröning from the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) took part in the second session of the event which was about the role of the civil society in EU-India trade negotiations. Other speakers represented the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Indian Academia.
In his introductory statement Pierre Gröning underlined the important role of civil society actors in the preparation of trade talks, during the negotiation process and finally in the implementation phase. At the same time, the nature of negotiations requires a high degree of confidentiality and, in this respect, only a limited amount of information can be shared with the wider public, he added. During the question and answer session, he pointed out the beneficial effects of a trade agreement for the social and economic development of both India and the EU and reiterated the trade sector’s hope to see the bilateral negotiations concluded as soon as possible.
Please find additional information about the workshop on the website of the EIAS.