EU Trade Deal Expected by Summer
(Sneh Duggal – Embassy Magazine)
No date for the summit yet: EU official; partnership agreement also in works.
Relatively few issues remain within the Canada-European free trade talks, and officials expect the deal to be completed by the summer, European representatives say.
“The negotiations are still going on, but they are really getting down to details that need to be solved, and simply going on with a very good dynamic,” said Tomás Dupla del Moral, director for the Americas for the European External Action Service, during a visit to Ottawa last week.
There has been widespread speculation on when the deal will be completed, with some reports saying that it could be finished by February or March.
“There is a joint [will], together with the Canadians, to wrap this up this year, ideally before the summer break, but not weeks,” said Matthias Brinkmann, ambassador of the EU to Canada. Read more here.
Date: January 25, 2012