Global Times recently reported that India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry said India and the European Union will resume free trade agreement negotiations, which have been stalled for nine years. The first round of negotiations between the two sides is scheduled to start in New Delhi on June 27. For India, this will be one of its most important free trade agreements as the EU is its second largest trading partner after the United States. Between 2021 and 2022, India’s merchandise trade with the EU reached a record high of US$116.36 billion, up 43.5 percent year-over-year. India’s exports to the EU are expected to grow 57 percent to US$65 billion in Fiscal Year 2021-2022. India is currently the EU’s tenth largest trading partner. Before Brexit, an EU study showed that a free trade deal with India would bring benefits worth US$10 billion. Negotiations on a free trade agreement between India and the EU began in 2007, but they were shelved in 2013 due to differences over issues like tariffs on cars and wine. In April this year, the European Commission President Von der Leyen Von der Leyen visited India, and Indian President Narendra Modi also visited Europe in May. The two leaders settled on the roadmap for the negotiation.
Source: Global Times, June 18, 2022