Following general elections on 24 March 2019, a multi-party coalition government was sworn in on 16 July 2019. On 14 October 2019, the Foreign Affairs Council considered it appropriate for the EU to take steps towards broadening its engagement with Thailand, including on issues of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic pluralism.
Since then, work has progressed to prepare for the timely signature of the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA). The PCA could provide a comprehensive framework which would dramatically increase cooperation between the EU and Thailand. Meanwhile, steps are also being taken towards the resumption of negotiations on an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA).