Transatlantic Free-trade Treaties – The member states approve the CETA, the EU is ‘ready to sign’ with Canada

The 28 EU states adopted the clauses that make up the CETA on Friday evening. The EU is now ‘ready to sign’, the European Council has announced.

The CETA had been blocked by Belgium. Prime Minister Charles Michel received letters from Federal authorities giving him full power to sign the treaty on Belgium’s behalf on Friday evening.

Wallonia initially turned it down. Because of this, Belgium was only able to give its agreement on Tuesday, which meant the EU and Canada could officially validate the treaty.

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Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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