CETA: the ratification project will not be transmitted to the Assembly before the European elections

The draft ratification of CETA, a free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Canada of provisional application, will not be transmitted to the National Assembly before the European elections, announced on Tuesday, March 26, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Franck Riester.

On March 21, thanks to a convenient alliance between left and right, the Senate opposed the ratification of the treaty, an embarrassing disappointment for the executive on the road to the European elections. In the process, the communist deputies announced their intention to include the text in their reserved parliamentary time: their “niche” It was scheduled for May 30 in the Assembly, ten days before the European elections, but the government seemed to want to postpone placing the text on the Assembly table.

On Tuesday, in an interview with FigaroFranck Riester announces that “The bill will be transmitted when the time comes, but not before the European elections, because this issue requires time for peaceful debate”. “We do not want, as we saw in the Senate, for certain opposition groups to exploit this legitimate debate for electoral purposes”summarizes the minister.

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“Political shenanigans”

According to him, “the unnatural alliance in the Senate between the communist group and some LR senators (The Republicans) “It is not only a political mischief, but also a serious blow inflicted on our companies, on our farmers and winegrowers, on our cheese producers and on all those who work in French companies that export to Canada.”.

Questioned by the newspaper about the fear of“in return be accused of electoral calculation”Franck Riester responds negatively and believes that “Everyone will still be able to express themselves during the trade campaign”.

The CETA agreement, which eliminates most customs duties between the European Union and Canada, “It’s good for France. When they are unfavorable, like that of Mercosur, we oppose them”he adds.

In the event of rejection by the National Assembly, the equation would become very complex for the Government: either it informs Brussels that it cannot ratify the treaty, which would mean the end of its provisional application for all of Europe; or postpones things, at the risk of attracting the wrath of the opposition, who will cry for democratic denial.

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