India is involved in numerous bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs). Free Trade and investment agreements have a significant impact on overall economic activities and in many ways impact the government’s ability to evolve policies to address economic and social objectives. This collation specifically speaks to the FTA currently under negotiation between India and the European Union and is a product of the civil society consultation that took place on 17th November, 2022 at USO House, New Delhi. This consultation was organized by the Centre for Financial Accountability with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
This note is a summary of discussions that took place during the consultation that brought together members and representatives of various civil society organizations and groups in India who work on or closely monitor free trade agreements. Many of the participants also came from groups that are at the receiving end of the policy decision agreed upon during an FTA negotiation or are directly involved in some of these negotiations, with the aim of better understanding the issues that concern the Indian masses, in relation to the Free Trade Agreement.
This collection will be useful for many stakeholders including farmers, workers, small traders, self-employed, women entrepreneurs, public sector employees and many other sections of the society who are directly affected by the India-EU FTA and can educate themselves on the implications of FTAs and how they can take action to protect their interests through democratic processes.
Read the full report here: India-EU Free Trade Agreement