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Amended CETA Declaration Not Enough to Win Walloon Support

Posted October 26, 2016

Under EU Customs Issues, International Trade Issues


(Mike Blanchfield – Canadian Press)

One day before Belgium’s Wallonia region formally rejected the Canada-EU free trade deal, the two sides pledged in writing to strengthen the controversial dispute settlement section of the pact, The Canadian Press has learned.

The apparent concession to the Walloons was made on Oct. 13 in a short annex that Canada and Europe crafted to assuage critics of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.

The two sides said in writing that they would do more work to make sure that the people appointed to dispute resolution tribunals were free of bias and other conflicts of interest.

But the new language wasn’t enough to prevent the Wallonia legislature from voting to reject the deal the following day. Click here to read more.

Related: Belgium Stretches Talks on EU-Canada Deal into Eve of Summit (Associated Press)