Wallonia’s Magnette says still room to negotiate CETA
Walloon Minister-President Paul Magnette said today that a compromise proposal to allow Belgium to support a landmark EU-Canada trade deal did not go far enough.
However, he stopped short of declaring the deal dead, saying that diplomatic efforts to improve the text would continue on Friday.
“There are improvements, but the text is clearly still not sufficient,” he was quoted as saying by the Belga news agency.
“For the Canadians, there is still room to negotiate, in contrast to the European position. We will meet the [Canadian trade] minister [Chrystia Freeland] and her negotiator tomorrow first thing to examine with them where it is still possible to find room for discussion and to improve the texts that were submitted to us this Thursday,” he added, according to La Libre.