Belgium's Wallonia Reiterates Opposition to CETA Deal With Canada

© REUTERS / Yves HermanA placard reading "STOP TTIP CETA" is seen outside the EU Council headquarters ahead of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2016.
A placard reading STOP TTIP CETA is seen outside the EU Council headquarters ahead of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The authorities of Belgium's Wallonia region declined the European Commission's proposals regarding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada that Wallonia has been opposed to, media reported.

People march to protest against the planned CETA free trade agreement (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) between the European Union and Canada. - Sputnik International
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to Libre Belgique newspaper, the region's stance regarding the trade deal was made clear once again at about 9 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT) on Thursday ahead of the Friday deadline set by the commission.

The European Council failed to approve CETA due to Wallonia's demarche on Tuesday.

CETA aims to establish a free trade zone between Canada and the European Union, scrapping more than 98 percent of the existing tariffs between Ottawa and Brussels. Opponents fear the agreement would undermine standards and regulations on environmental protection, health, safety and workers' rights.

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