Saturday 20 December 2014

EU silent over Canada deal

Declan O'Brien

Published 24/07/2013 | 05:00

The European Commission has refused to comment on reports that a trade agreement between the EU and Canada could be finalised by the end of the month.

"As negotiations are still ongoing at this stage, I am afraid I cannot comment," a Commission spokesman said.

However, sources in Brussels have cast doubt on an agreement being finalised prior to the summer break in August.

The belief is that Canada over-egged their demands at meetings on the fringes of the recent G8 summit in Enniskillen, damaging the prospects for a deal in the process.

Access for Canadian beef into the EU and European dairy produce into Canada appear to be the main sticking points.

Irish Independent

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