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EU Wants Belgium’s Wallonia to Make Decision on CETA by Late Monday

© AFP 2022 / NICOLAS MAETERLINCKWallonia's socialist government head Paul Magnette (L) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz hold a joint press conference after their meeting regarding CETA (EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 22, 2016
Wallonia's socialist government head Paul Magnette (L) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz hold a joint press conference after their meeting regarding CETA (EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The European Union is waiting for the decision of the French-speaking Belgium’s region of Wallonia on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, according to local media.

People protest against the planned CETA free trade agreement (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) between the European Union and Canada, and similar plans between EU and United States (TTIP) in Warsaw, Poland October 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
EU Needs More Time to Discuss CETA Deal With Canada - Wallonia's Head
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The European Union expects the government of the French-speaking Belgium’s region of Wallonia to make a decision on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada by late Monday, local media reported on Sunday.

If the Wallonia’s government fails to support CETA until late Monday, the European Union will cancel an EU-Canada Summit scheduled for October 27, when the parties planned to sign the treaty, the Contact radio broadcaster reported.

EU officials are said to exert pressure on Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette so that he gives a green light to signing CETA. The EU Commission is reportedly holding a meeting with Magnette.

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
Belgium's Wallonia Reiterates Opposition to CETA Deal With Canada
On Saturday, Magnette told European Parliament President Martin Schulz that he was not yet ready to make a final decision on the issue, claiming that the agreement still needs time to be thought through.

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 it would undermine standards and regulations on environmental protection, health, safety and workers' rights.

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