Trade delegates from Korea and the European Union are poised to hold their first legal review of their bilateral free trade accord next week. The two sides will meet for three days in Brussels starting Sunday to pore over the FTA, checking if the deal is legally airtight. Seoul's Foreign Ministry says the second legal review will take place next month in Seoul.
Last Monday Korea and the EU officially wrapped up more than 25 months of FTA negotiations following a summit between President Lee Myung-bak and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm. Korea and the European bloc of 27 member countries are expected to formally sign the FTA deal in February next year.