Mumbai: Freer movement of Indian professionals
in the 25 European Union member countries would become
a reality with the successful conclusion of EU-India
free trade negations, reports quoting director-general
for trade of the European Commission Davis O''Sullivan
issue of free movement of professionals, which is critical
for India, is likely to become a reality in the near
future, as this will be a key point of negotiations
in the proposed free trade agreement with EU, he said.
in return, should also relax restrictions on foreign
ownership in services of interest to Europe like retail,
financial sector and telecom, he pointed out.
said the India-EU FTA negotiations would start in April
after the council of ministers of Europe grants the
mandate to the European Commission.
FTA proposes to cut duties to zero on 90 per cent of
goods traded between India and Europe.
said, although Europe subsidises its farmers heavily,
India would not become a dumping ground for its agriculture
produce. Besides, he pointed out, Europe is not a major
exporter of agriculture products.
has been demanding at the WTO and bilateral trade negations
that professionals, especially in information technology,
medicine and engineering, should be given liberal visas
to work on short-term projects agreements.