Transatlantic free trade agreements – no breakthrough this week on CETA

There will be no opening up this week on the matter of the EU-Canada commercial agreement (CETA).

It would therefore be convenient to postpone the summit planned for Thursday, said Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, to a German radio broadcaster.

“I do not think we will reach a solution this week,” he considered. “It seems quite unlikely.”

According to Martin Schulz, it would be better to postpone Thursday’s EU-Canada summit. “A free trade agreement of this nature is not a used car deal. It is a commercial treaty which is the first of its kind and of worldwide importance… If we still need two additional weeks, it’s preferable that we postpone the summit,” stated the Parliament President.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

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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