Negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the EU and Indonesia were launched on 18 July. This follows the completion of the first round of negotiations with the Philippines in May and the conclusion of the negotiations for a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with Malaysia in April. These developments confirm progress made in advancing trade relations between the EU and ASEAN. Having concluded talks with Singapore and Vietnam and currently negotiating with Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and now Indonesia, the EU is continuing its efforts towards a region-to-region Agreement. Senior Economic Officials of both regions are also working on a stock taking exercise to evaluate next steps towards the possible resumption of the ASEAN-EU free trade negotiations. For more information, please see the website of the European Commission.
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