“We never threatened Wallonia, and I say that for the cdH’s benefit”, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday. He made this statement at the end of a press conference about the signing of the treaty, which is between the European Union and Canada.
“I have a few words to say to Wallonia”, he said at the start. “I am grateful to President-Minister Paul Magnette. He told MPs he was grateful for the Commission’s role in the negotiations”.
Mr Juncker said the Commission had never put forward any ultimatums to make the negotiations between Wallonia and the EU and Canada end faster. He insisted he would allow them the time necessary to reach an agreement. “We never threatened Wallonia, and I say that for the benefit of the cdH and its president”, he said.
He advised Belgium to rethink the internal process for the signature of international treaties.
The cdH is part of the same political family as Mr Juncker, the European People’s Party (EPP).