MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Bulgaria and Romania agreed on Friday to give green light to the European Union's Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada in exchange for written guarantees from Ottawa that both countries would obtain a visa-free regime with the country, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told journalists in Brussels.
"Together with the Romanian President [Klaus Iohannis], we received reliable confirmations in writing… that, as of December 1, 2017, the visa regime for Canada will be abolished for all Bulgarians. Given this fact, we decided, with the Romanian President, to support the agreement with Canada like all other members of the EU,” Borisov told journalists on the sidelines of the European Council summit, as cited by the Novinite agency.
Early in October, a spokesperson for the Canadian Foreign Ministry asserted to Sputnik that visa policy was not part of any of Canada’ s free trade agreements, and decisions on whether or not visas are necessary do not relate to trade.
To be signed CETA requires ratification in Europe’s 38 national and regional parliaments.