EU, Vietnam To Open Free Trade Negotiations

Law360, New York (March 3, 2010, 12:58 PM EST) -- The European Union and Vietnam agreed to open bilateral free trade negotiations Wednesday, as the 27-nation bloc seeks to reach separate agreements with the individual member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations after talks for an overall free trade agreement stalled last year.

The decision, which followed a meeting between EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on Wednesday, paves the way for formal negotiations and an agreed framework for free trade agreement talks, the European...
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