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Belgium: Protesters rail against CETA outside EC building02:20

Belgium: Protesters rail against CETA outside EC building

Belgium, Brussels
October 27, 2016 at 16:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters gathered outside the European Commission building in Brussels, on Thursday, as Belgian politicians came to an agreement with the European Union over the EU-Canada trade deal currently being negotiated.

Demonstrators banged drums, shouted and smeared paint on the European Commission building, in protest to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Five regional Belgian parliaments dropped their opposition to the bill on Thursday, after including a four-page addition to the treaty.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is expected to yield billions in added trade through tariff cuts and other measures to lower barriers to commerce. However, critics of the deal have expressed concern that it would damage consumer and worker protections within the EU.

CETA needs the approval of each of the 28 EU member states, as well as Canada, in order to be signed.

Belgium: Protesters rail against CETA outside EC building02:20
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Protesters gathered outside the European Commission building in Brussels, on Thursday, as Belgian politicians came to an agreement with the European Union over the EU-Canada trade deal currently being negotiated.

Demonstrators banged drums, shouted and smeared paint on the European Commission building, in protest to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Five regional Belgian parliaments dropped their opposition to the bill on Thursday, after including a four-page addition to the treaty.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is expected to yield billions in added trade through tariff cuts and other measures to lower barriers to commerce. However, critics of the deal have expressed concern that it would damage consumer and worker protections within the EU.

CETA needs the approval of each of the 28 EU member states, as well as Canada, in order to be signed.

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