Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was unable to agree with the head of the region of Wallonia Paul MAGNETOM on contentious issues of trade and economic agreements with Canada (CETA), according to Reuters. Without the consent of the Walloon region, Belgium not to sign the agreement with Canada and other countries of the EU.
Economic and trade agreement EU-Canada (CETA) is an analogue of the biggest trade agreements of the European Union with the US (Transatlantic partnership agreement in the field of trade and investment, TTIP), which opposed the signing of the protest in several countries of Europe. The EU Treaty with Canada is seen by experts as a test model for this controversial document.
Monday, 17 October, the Belgian Federal government failed to negotiate with the representatives of the French-speaking region of Belgium Wallonia, which stated that the agreement with Canada is not satisfied with residents in several paragraphs.
Opponents of the contract oppose the agreement, which envisage the possibility of filing complaints against multinational corporations, the public authorities in the EU if the policy of these countries is an obstacle to their investment interests. In addition, CETA will open the border to export cheap meat and milk from Canada which is a concern of local farmers.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel to reach agreement with Wallonia until Monday evening 24 October, but his meeting with representatives of the local authorities in the region failed.
“We can’t give consent”, — told reporters the sex of Magnet, reports Reuters. According to him, the main problems that hinder the signing of the agreement, are not associated with the position of Canada, and the EU authorities.
The Prime Minister of Belgium told reporters it was too early to say that the deal on the CETA will not take place and that Wallonia is still open for dialogue. However, this means that at the moment, Belgium is unable to give his consent to a deal.
On Thursday, October 27, the scheduled start of the EU summit — Canada, however, the lack of unanimity within the EU on the issue of signing a trade agreement over which the parties worked for seven years, puts it under question.