Italy In No Rush to Reject EU-Canada Trade Deal: Farm Minister


Italy is in no hurry to bring the European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada to a parliamentary vote, its farm minister said on Monday, suggesting its opposition to the deal may be easing.

Ministers of the eurosceptic 5-Star/League government have said Italy would not ratify CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), threatening the EU’s first major trade deal since an EU-South Korean accord launched in 2011.

However, Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio told reporters in Brussels: “Nobody is in a hurry to bring CETA to the chamber.”

Speaking before a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels, he also said no date had been set for a parliamentary debate and that the government had not discussed this. Click here to read more.