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Byline: Emilia Narni J. David
THE PHILIPPINES and the European Union (EU) yesterday started talks in Manila for a general framework on bilateral cooperation that is requisite for a free trade agreement (FTA).
The talks, which could take as long as two years to complete, based on similar deals completed earlier with some Southeast Asian neighbors, will dwell on a wide variety of issues - from peace, security and human rights, to protection of intellectual property and workers rights.
Such wide-ranging general framework is the reason free trade deals with the EU are deemed more difficult to achieve than with other markets.
James Moran, director for …