The Quebec Premier, Philippe Couillard, “acknowledges” the Walloon efforts to improve the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, in interviews given on Monday to both La Libre Belgique and Le Soir. “Compared to previous commercial agreements, CETA was already a highly advanced agreement.” Mr Couillard confirmed on Monday (Today) in La Libre Belgique.
He went on, “Having said that, the clarification document has made it even more workable. I acknowledge that, regarding Wallonia, improvements have been made. Concerns around arbitration tribunals are shared on both sides of the Atlantic.”
He further said, “It is therefore very positive that we have succeeded in clarifying this issue, without modifying the text of CETA.”
Mr Couillard also declared in Le Soir that he sees the Walloon intervention of recent weeks “in a very positive light.”
The accusations made of levelling down of the agreement were, however, “a little sad” as “there is nothing to choose between Canadian and European standards,” he stressed.