The European Union and Canada will begin a free trade agreement on September 21

  • The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
  • 21 September 2017 will be a start to "the provisional application of the agreement, thus allowing for all the necessary implementing measures to be taken before that date," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
  • The agreement will enter definitively into force once all 28 EU member states and parliaments ratify it.

Cheese and pharmaceuticals remain contentious points, but a spokesman said "what happens now is that both sides will complete their internal processes and closely consult one another on how the agreement will be implemented. This is about ensuring a smooth transition to a strong start"


(ps. I'm doing a bit of a catch up on weekend news for the next few posts)