Trudeau and Tusk to Sign Canada-EU Trade Pact in Brussels SundayBy
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels to sign a trade pact with the European Union on Sunday, after European leaders won over Belgian support to save the deal.
A Canada-EU summit will take place at 10:30 a.m. local time, followed by a signing at noon and a press conference, European Council spokesman Preben Aamann said on Twitter.
“I am delighted to confirm that the EU is ready to sign the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada,” Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico, the current EU Council president, said in a statement Friday. “It represents a milestone in the EU’s trade policy and our commitment to it.”
“Mission accomplished,” European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter.
The deal, which required unanimous approval from EU member states, almost collapsed when the Belgian region of Wallonia balked at the pact, scuttling a planned Oct. 27 signing ceremony. Belgian parliaments ultimately granted approval on Friday, clearing the way for the EU Council to sign-off.
The deal is seen as a test case for upcoming Brexit talks, as well as ongoing negotiations on an EU-U.S. agreement.