EU-India FTA unlikely to be WTO-plus


Fredrik Erixon says that a EU-India FTA faces a number of difficulties:

A strong, commercially-relevant FTA would focus primarily on services and investments – which are two areas that are not really part of centralised EU trade policy. The EU does not have a single market for services, and certainly has no centralised policy for investment agreements. So there has to be a lot of internal negotiations in Europe before it can agree to any real commitments. But the problem is that it is highly unlikely that they will come to common to a position that will support a strong, deep-integrating FTA. Similarly, many aspects of these areas do not fall under the federal competence in India, and policies are rather organised at states level.