EU, Philippines to resume talks on partnership deal

The partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) is needed before the Philippines can participate in a free trade deal the European Commission wants to forge with select members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the officials said.

European Commission representatives led by EU Director for Asia James Moran will be in the country from Feb. 9 to 10, EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald said.

But instead of starting formal talks this month as earlier scheduled, the meeting will likely be a consultation process continuing previous ones conducted in Brussels late last year, the Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Edsel T. Custodio said.

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