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15 EU countries call for faster trade deals


Fifteen member states called Monday for the EU to accelerate finishing free trade deals to ensure long-term economic growth and geopolitical strength, Reuters reported. In a letter to EU Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis, they said the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade agreement including China, Japan and Australia which entered into force in 2022, should be a “wake-up call”, adding that the EU was taking too long.

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