Some Critical Issues in the EU–India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

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Series Details Vol.20, No.6, November 2014, p848–869
Publication Date November 2014
ISSN 1351-5993 (Print) / 1468-0386 (Online)
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This article forms part of a Special Issue: EU Free Trade Agreements and Fundamental Rights Protecting Commercial Interests or Exerting Normative Power?Abstract
The free trade agreement currently negotiated between the 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 article addresses a number of critical issues in the negotiations and the EU's response to them. These issues include European labour standards and General Agreement on Trade in Services 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.

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