Uncertainties loom over French-Canadian trade relations as minister delay ratification of Ceta deal

Franck Riester announces no vote in National Assembly before European elections on Ceta

In an unexpected turn of events, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester has announced that the draft ratification of Ceta, a free trade treaty between the EU and Canada, will not be transmitted to the National Assembly before the European elections. The treaty has been applied provisionally since 2017. This decision comes after an embarrassing disappointment for the executive, as the Senate opposed the ratification of the treaty on March 21.

Following the Senate’s opposition, communist deputies planned to include the text in their reserved parliamentary time, scheduled for May 30 in the Assembly, just ten days before the European elections. However, Minister Riester stated in an interview with Le Figaro that he wants to delay the process and place it on a later date. He emphasized that this is necessary to allow for a peaceful debate without opposition groups exploiting it for electoral purposes.

Riester criticized the alliance between communists and some LR senators in the Senate as a political scheme that harms businesses, farmers, wine growers, cheese producers and all those working in French companies exporting to Canada. He defended Ceta agreement which eliminates most customs duties between EU and Canada and is favorable for France. In case of rejection by National Assembly government would face a complex situation with potential consequences for provisional application of treaty in all Europe.

This decision marks a setback for Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron’s government just before European elections where they were hoping to strengthen economic ties with Canada through this trade deal. The postponement of this bill could lead to uncertainty and instability in trade relations between France and Canada.

It remains to be seen what impact this decision will have on French-Canadian relations and how other countries will react if Ceta is not ratified by France before May 23rd.

In an unexpected turn of events, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester has announced that the draft ratification of Ceta, a free trade treaty between the EU and Canada, will not be transmitted to the National Assembly before the European elections. The treaty has been applied provisionally since 2017. This decision comes after an…

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