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Belgium Seeks EU Court Opinion on EU-Canada Free Trade Deal

Posted September 07, 2017

Under International Trade Issues

(Philip Blenkinsop – Reuters)

Belgium asked the European Court of Justice on Wednesday for its view on the EU-Canada free-trade agreement, part of a compromise reached with its French-speaking Wallonia region, which had threatened to block the deal last year.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, known as CETA, will still take effect on a provisional basis on Sept. 21, with reduced import tariffs on a range of goods.

But full implementation of the accord, including chapters related to investment, will happen only after ratification by all 28 member states. In the case of Belgium, that will require approval by federal and regional parliaments. Click here to read more.