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Belgium: 'Ball is in Europe's court' - Canada's Freeland on imperiled CETA deal00:51

Belgium: 'Ball is in Europe's court' - Canada's Freeland on imperiled CETA deal

Belgium, Brussels
October 22, 2016 at 10:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland commented on the ongoing EU-Canada negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), saying "the ball is in Europe's court," shortly after concluding her meeting with EU Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels on Saturday. The meeting was held in the aftermath of Belgian region Wallonia's parliamentary vote to block the CETA deal.

Freeland said "from Canada’s perspective, our work is done. We've done our job. We have finished negotiating a very good agreement and Canada is ready to sign this agreement. Now the ball is in Europe's court, and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job." Freeland also voiced her hopes of concluding the deal when she returns to Europe on October 27, accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Along with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), CETA would create the world's largest free-trade zone, encompassing some 800 million consumers and standardising trade regulations between the EU, North America and Canada. Both have faced fierce criticism for apparently being undemocratic and for placing too much power in the hands of multinational companies at the expense of consumers and workers.

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Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland commented on the ongoing EU-Canada negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), saying "the ball is in Europe's court," shortly after concluding her meeting with EU Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels on Saturday. The meeting was held in the aftermath of Belgian region Wallonia's parliamentary vote to block the CETA deal.

Freeland said "from Canada’s perspective, our work is done. We've done our job. We have finished negotiating a very good agreement and Canada is ready to sign this agreement. Now the ball is in Europe's court, and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job." Freeland also voiced her hopes of concluding the deal when she returns to Europe on October 27, accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Along with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), CETA would create the world's largest free-trade zone, encompassing some 800 million consumers and standardising trade regulations between the EU, North America and Canada. Both have faced fierce criticism for apparently being undemocratic and for placing too much power in the hands of multinational companies at the expense of consumers and workers.

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