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CETA is a mixed agreement according to Member States

Member States agreed to consider CETA as a mixed agreement – meaning that some of its provisions fall into the competences of the Member States and not of the European Union. National parliaments of each 28 Member State will thus vote to confirm the whole agreement. Provisions related to EU competences will enter into force as soon as the European Parliament and the Council give their consent while the remaining articles will only apply once all national parliaments have given their green light. At this stage, it has not been decided which parts of the agreement fall into EU or national competences. The Commission is expected to make a proposal on this issue before the summer break.  

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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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