MOSCOW, 27 Jun — RIA Novosti. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau refused to travel to Brussels due to the fact that the trade agreement, which he had to sign with EU representatives on Thursday, is not ready because of the position of Belgium, Reuters reported.
“The canadian delegation will not go tonight to Europe. Canada remains ready to sign this important agreement, when Europe will be ready,” — said the representative of the Minister of trade Alex Lawrence (Alex Lawrence).
On the eve of foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders said that the Belgian authorities have suspended talks on a trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) until Thursday morning. According to him, about an hour after the beginning of the discussion of the agreement, the Belgian authorities set up a meeting of permanent representatives of EU countries.
CETA is an analogue of the Transatlantic partnership agreement in the field of trade and investment (TTIP), negotiations on the conclusion of which the EU is conducting with the United States and against the conclusions of which are the individual representatives of the European community, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. According to them, these types of agreements are beneficial only to multinational companies.
Informed parliamentary source in Brussels told RIA Novosti that if a comprehensive trade deal between the European Union and Canada is signed, it will block the way for signing the trade Pact with the United States.