Belgium’s Wallonia formally approves EU-Canada trade deal

Belgium’s Wallonia formally approves EU-Canada trade deal

The parliament of Belgium’s French-speaking southern region of Wallonia voted in favour of a planned EU-Canada trade agreement on Friday, ending its opposition that threatened to destroy the entire deal. Lawmakers in the Namur parliament of Wallonia, which led Belgian opposition to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), voted 58 for and 5 against, […]

Belgian PM says he cannot sign off on EU-Canada trade deal

Belgian PM says he cannot sign off on EU-Canada trade deal

Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Monday. In an embarrassment for the 28-nation EU, Belgium has so far been the only member not to sign up to […]

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

The day before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels, the small French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium said there was “no chance” it would back down on its opposition to a landmark Canada-EU trade treaty that was due to be signed this week. Nearly all EU governments – including Belgium’s – say they are […]