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EU seeks free-trade deal with Philippines

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The European Union has renewed its calls for a free-trade agreement with the Philippines. Manila agreed to the deal in principle when it was proposed late last year, but has yet to start negotiations.


"The ball is in the Philippines' court," the head of the EU delegation to Manila, Guy Ledoux, said on Thursday.

The EU is pursuing free-trade talks with several south-east Asian countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, after failing to conclude a region-wide treaty with the 10-nation Asean bloc.

Boosting export opportunities in Asean markets is one of the top priorities in the EU's Global Europe trade strategy.

Philippine exports to the EU totalled around 3.3 billion euros in 2009.