European Union and ASEAN to restart Free Trade Agreement

Tinuku - European Union (EU) and ASEAN have agreed to restart the process of forming Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as ASEAN coordinator for EU-ASEAN relations said on Saturday to build a framework to identify potential sectors to finalize the deal.

Lee also said the EU and ASEAN had agreed to restart the process of establishing a free trade agreement between the two blocs. The EU and ASEAN launched talks towards a pact in 2007 but ignored the process two years later as the EU voted to negotiate bilaterally with each country.

Tinuku European Union and ASEAN to restart Free Trade Agreement

"As coordinators, we look forward to forming a framework to identify where areas where we have the potential to make a deal," Lee said.

"Working on a deal may take longer than the end of the year. But if we can identify where the big opportunities are, our trade-offs, then I hope we will have better success," Lee said.

"One of the things we expect is that European nations are able to manage their social and political tensions, so that it does not end with a radical government. And then they can play an international role," Lee said.

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