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EU Governments Stall on Canada Trade Accord Amid Belgian Split

  • Trade ministers fail to deliver verdict at Luxembourg meeting
  • More time sought to overcome concerns of region in Belgium
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EU Governments Stall on Canada Trade Accord

European Union governments put off giving their verdict on the EU’s draft trade agreement with Canada as they sought more time to overcome a political split in Belgium.

Trade ministers from the 28-nation EU discussed the Canada accord on Tuesday in Luxembourg while separate talks continue in a bid to address concerns in Belgium’s French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The pact, the EU’s first commercial deal with a fellow member of the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries, needs the support of all the bloc’s governments as well as the European Parliament to take provisional effect in 2017.