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Controversial Part of Canada-EU Trade Deal May Be Left Out of U.S. Talks

Posted October 01, 2014

Under Canadian Customs Issues

(Bill Curry – Globe & Mail)

Canada’s trade deal with the European Union is under new scrutiny after the EU indicated the most controversial aspects of its pact with Canada might be dropped from similar talks with the United States.

The investor-state rules meant to resolve disputes between companies and governments are shaping up to be the main lightning rod of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) released Friday by Canada and the EU.

Senior members of the German government – including the Economy Minister – have voiced their strong objections to those sections of CETA.

The response from the new EU leadership, which takes the helm Nov. 1, appears to be focused on defending the deal with Canada, but suggesting changes could be made as the EU works on a similar deal with the U.S. Read more here.