EU, Canada to hold trade summit Sunday


Brussels | Reuters –– The European Union and Canada will hold a summit to sign their free trade deal on Sunday, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday, after Belgium had cleared the agreement with its regional governments.

“Mission accomplished! Just agreed with PM @JustinTrudeau to hold EU Canada Summit this Sunday,” Tusk said on his Twitter account.

Tusk had said earlier he would contact Trudeau once “all procedures are finalized” for the EU to sign the deal. Trudeau’s website said late Friday he would fly from Ottawa to Brussels on Saturday evening.

“I’ve just spoken with @eucopresident Tusk — the Canada-EU Summit will be Sunday. Great news and I’m looking forward to being there,” Trudeau said on Twitter.

The summit to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be held in Brussels and the signing ceremony will take place at midday, a spokesman for the European Council added.

Reporting for Reuters by Robert-Jan Bartunek. Includes files from Network staff.

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