EU ‘very close’ to an ‘ambitious’ trade deal with Canada

The European Union is “very close” to an “ambitious” free-trade deal with Canada, its trade commissioner said Thursday, with negotiations still seemingly needed on agriculture and investor protections, among other issues.

European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht couldn’t confirm when the trade talks would conclude toward the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, but he said the EU is “united in working together with Canada to close the gaps on the final issues.”

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