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European Union, Canada sign free trade deal but battle not over

For Canada the deal is important to reduce its reliance on the neighbouring United States as an export market

Reuters  |  Brussles 

The European Union and Canada signed a free trade agreement on Sunday that aims to generate jobs and growth though it must still clear some 40 national and regional parliaments in Europe in the coming years to enter fully into force. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the treaty along with the heads of EU institutions, a step that should enable a provisional implementation of the pact early in 2017 with the removal of most import duties. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement's (CETA) passage has not been smooth. French-speakers in southern Belgium, a ...

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First Published: Sun, October 30 2016. 18:34 IST