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FTA talks sa Pinas suportado ng EU presidency ng Hungary- Szijjárto

MANILA, Philippines- Itutulak ng Hungary, bilang incoming president ng Council of the European Union (EU), ang maagang konklusyon ng free trade agreement talks ng bloc sa Pilipinas.

Sa joint press conference kasama si Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo sa Makati City, sinabi ni Hungarian Foreign at Trade Minister Péter Szijjárto na nais ng EU presidency na mag- concentrate sa pagpapaibilis ng free trade negotiations ng bloc sa mga bansa sa Asya

“We are interested in a quick conclusion of the negotiations,” ayon kay Szijjárto sabay sabing, “Since your GSP (Generalized Scheme of Preferences) plus status is exceeding in 2027, we should conclude negotiations beforehand.”

Nakatakda namang ipagpatuloy ng Hungary sa Hulyo 1 ang rotating presidency ng Council of the European Union, isa sa “most important institutions” sa loob ng bloc.

Ang paggugrupo, iba sa EU Council, binubuo ng isang government minister mula sa bawat member state at may atas na makipag-negotiate at i-adopt ang EU legislation.

Sinabi pa ni Szijjárto na nasa interes na ng EU states na paghusayin ang “East-West” economic cooperation.

“Hungary is on the side of free trade. We see the many advantages brought forward by free trade, especially for those countries like Hungary, which are having open economies – one of the 10 most open ones in the world, a country where export over GDP ratio has reached 85 percent,” ani Szijjárto.

“So, during the Hungarian presidency, instead of introducing customs, we will concentrate on accelerating the free trade negotiations of the EU with Asia and especially with the Southeast Asian countries, like the free trade negotiations between the Philippines and the EU,” patuloy niya.

Ang negosasyon para sa isang EU-Philippine FTA ay nagsimula noong 2017.

Inilarawan naman ito ni Szijjárto bilang EU “wanting to confuse non-trade-related things with trade.”

“We are against this approach. So, we decided to restart the negotiations on free trade between the Philippines and the European Union,” dagdag niya.

Tiniyak naman nito na sa panahon ng EU presidency ng Hungary, “many rounds of negotiations will take place” at titiyakin nilang ang free trade deal “will only be about trade.”

“We will make sure that the free trade agreement will be only about trade and not about other political issues because if the European Union wants to continue to confuse non-trade-related things under the umbrella of so-called human rights free trade, then we will only trade with ourselves and this is not really what we want,” litaniya ni Szijjárto.

Inaasahan naman ni Manalo na magiging mabilis ang negosasyon at pinasalamatan ang Hungary para sa suporta nito.

Sinabi pa ni Manalo na umaasa siya na mas magiging maigting ang kolaborasyon sa EU, ASEAN, at Pilipinas, lalo na sa promosyon ng international law, investment, at climate change, bukod sa iba pa.

“We think it’s very important for many reasons, not only to increase the economic cooperation between the Philippines and EU but to provide greater focus on economic security and resilience, not only for the Philippines, but also for the EU,” ayon kay Manalo.

“We hope to build on this cooperation, especially in the face of today’s geopolitical realities and geo-economic realities and the great potential that emerge from the EU cooperation,” wika pa ng opisyal. Kris Jose