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CETA : dispute over granting visa-free travel to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens

Bucharest and Sofia have made clear that they will not sign the CETA agreement if Canada does not grant their citizens visa-free travel. At this stage, Romania and Bulgaria are the only EU countries which will be excluded. In protest against this decision, MEP Sorin Moisa (S&D, RO) has resigned from his position of shadow rapporteur on Canada.

Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland remains confident that the agreement could still enter into force by 2017. At this stage, Canada has not made any proposal to end the visa dispute with the two eastern European countries.

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Vietnam FTA: Legal scrubbing till April

| The trade agreement between EU and Vietnam may be sent for approval by Parliament and Council in April.

CETA: Joint review of T&SD chapters

| Commission asks for joint review the enforceability of CETA’s T&SD chapters in response to promises made in October 2016 when the Walloon regional parliament threatened to derail the agreement.

Slow progress with Mexico

| he Commission published its report from the fifth round of negotiations with Mexico. Rules of origin remain sticking point.

MEPs call for Commission to rely on multilateral conventions rather than sanctions for TSD enforcement

| Following the release of the Commission’s non-paper in July, MEP Christofer Fjellner (SE, EPP) and MEP Daniel Caspary (DE, EPP), sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, providing the

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