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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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