, if and when inked, will be a landmark one as EU will for the first time seal such an agreement with an emerging economy like India.
Since 2007, when the India-EU BTIA negotiations started, 16 rounds of negotiations have been held at the level of Chief Negotiators.
In todays meeting, negotiating positions were established on a few pillars that are critical components of BTIA.
Members across party lines acknowledged the importance of strengthening economic and trade ties with the European Union while making a strong point to keep subsistence agriculture in India outside the purview of the BTIA.
The Ambassador of EU to India, Joao Cravinho, said that on the issue of data secure status that India has been seeking, the EU would not be able to provide much under the BTIA as it was a legislative issue.
India EU BTIA
Negotiations are underway with the EU for a Broad based Trade and Investment agreement (BTIA
) with 16 Rounds having been completed.
New Delhi, Apr 15 ( ANI ): Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma will review the progress of India-EU BTIA
at a ministerial with his EU counterpart Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht at Brussels today.
The India-EU BTIA
negotiations are underway with fifteen rounds having been completed, with the last meeting at the Chief Negotiators level being held on 29-30th January this year here.
New Delhi, Feb 15 ( ANI ): India and France expected to conclude India-EU BTIA
by April 2013 and hope for a balanced an ambitious agreement.
Both Ministers discussed a range of issues including quality market access for Indian pharmaceuticals, Doha Round, and progress of the India-EFTA BTIA