Visit of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: joint press briefing and signature of Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
On 6 March 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister, in Brussels.
On this occasion, they launched negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Thailand.
The ambition is to conclude a comprehensive agreement covering tariffs, non-tariff barriers and other trade related issues, such as services, investment, procurement, regulatory issues, competition, and sustainable development.
The launch of FTA negotiations marks an important step in EU-Thai relations, already strengthened by a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). The first negotiating round is expected to take place before the summer break. PHOTO