This article is part of our special report EU-Thailand relations after the coup.
The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.
The Commission aspires to greater trade ties with the whole ASEAN region, building on country-specific bilateral agreements. However, compliance with the European social and regulatory model within ASEAN member countries can differ.
Researches show that stronger trade ties with the EU have so far helped countries like Myanmar and the Philippines move towards economic growth, social progress, and democratic development; whereas such conditions are not yet fully met with Malaysia and Thailand.
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