Delay in Ratification of Ceta: A Setback for the Government and its Business Interests

Franck Riester announces no vote in National Assembly before European elections on Ceta

The draft ratification of Ceta, a free trade treaty between the EU and Canada, will not be transmitted to the National Assembly before the European elections, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester announced on Tuesday. This decision comes after an embarrassing disappointment for the executive as the Senate opposed the ratification of the treaty on March 21.

A left-right alliance in the Senate caused a setback for the government just before the European elections, with communist deputies planning to include the text in their reserved parliamentary time, scheduled for May 30 in the Assembly. However, Riester stated in an interview with Le Figaro that he wants to delay this process until a later time when there is less political turmoil.

Riester criticized this alliance between communist group and some LR senators as a political scheme that harms businesses, farmers, wine growers, cheese producers and all those working in French companies exporting to Canada. He defended Ceta agreement which eliminates most customs duties between EU and Canada and is favorable for France. If rejected by National Assembly then government would face complex situation with potential consequences for provisional application of treaty all over Europe.

The provisional application of Ceta has been ongoing since 2017 and has been beneficial for both sides. It allows for increased trade and investment opportunities between Europe and Canada. However, some opposition groups have raised concerns about its impact on domestic industries and workers.

It’s important to note that any decision related to international agreements must be made carefully considering their impact on domestic economy and society. The government should continue engaging with stakeholders from different sectors to address any concerns they may have while proceeding with signing such agreements.

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