Political Struggle: France Delays Ratification of Ceta Amid Opposition

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

On Tuesday, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester announced that 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. The treaty has been applied provisionally since 2017. This decision comes after an embarrassing disappointment for the executive, as the Senate opposed the ratification of the treaty on March 21.

Following this opposition, communist deputies planned to include the text in their reserved parliamentary time, scheduled for May 30 in the Assembly, just ten days before the European elections. However, Minister Riester stated in an interview with Le Figaro that he believes it is necessary to delay this process and place it on a later date so that there can be a peaceful debate. He emphasized that opposition groups should not exploit this debate for electoral purposes.

In his criticism of those who oppose Ceta, Riester described their actions as a political scheme that harms businesses, farmers, wine growers, cheese producers and all those working in French companies exporting to Canada. He defended the benefits of Ceta agreement which eliminates most customs duties between EU and Canada making it favorable for France. In case of rejection by National Assembly government would face a complex situation with potential consequences for provisional application of treaty throughout Europe

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