Agreement reached on CETA: Belgian PM

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Representatives of the Belgian federal government and the regions have agreed on the contentious points that prevented Belgium’s approval of the CETA free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced on Thursday.

Michel said that in response to concerns about CETA expressed by Wallonia, the Brussels region, and the French-speaking community, a joint declaration has been agreed. It has been submitted to two EU bodies, the European Council and the European Commission, because the Belgian agreement must be accepted by other EU partners.

Following the announcement of the agreement reached in Belgium, Polish premier Beata Szydło stressed at a news conference that CETA must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Sejm.

CETA will eliminate almost all tariff and non-tariff barriers and liberalize trade in services between the EU and Canada.

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