‘Thorny’ CETA issues to be tackled in coming weeks: EU trade chief

Besides dealing with final technical issues, the EU Commission is also fighting with member states over who has the competence over the deal.

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"Final discussions have proven to be more difficult than originally foreseen,” said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, pictured here in April in Brussels.
Anca Gurzu
Published: Thursday, 05/08/2014 12:49 pm EDT

Solving the final technical issues of the Canada-European Union trade agreement has not been as easy as initially predicted, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht admitted following a meeting with EU trade ministers on May 8, adding nonetheless that the finishing touches could be put on the deal soon.

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