EU-India summit ON stalled FTA talks

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New Delhi: After the Italian marines case cast a shadow over EU-India relations and led to Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving Brussels the miss during his visits to Europe, the aim of Wednesday’s summit is to ‘re-launch’ relations and provide ‘political impetus’ to trade talks. The fact that the 13th EU-India summit is happening itself is news, a senior Brussels-based diplomat told Hindustan Times. Interestingly, EU’s Italian chief of foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, who had criticized India in the European parliament, will also be present. A key ‘deliverable’ of the summit is the resumption of the stalled talks on Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), which were launched in 2007, but have faced a series of hurdles since. A meeting of commerce ministers on the sidelines is also expected.

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