The Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria had stated that they would not approve the agreement, which will, in effect, pass to the entire agreement until the visa requirement is lifted for their citizens entering Canada.  All other EU countries have already been visa-exempt in Canada. The visa requirement for the Czech Republic was lifted on 14 November 2013.   Following Canada`s written commitment to cancel the visa requirement for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals visiting Canada for business and tourism by the end of 2017, Canada repealed the visa requirement for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens on December 1, 2017.   “Progressive trade agreements like those signed today will do just that.” The agreement was signed in Brussels by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior EU officials. On 26 March 2014, Federal Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wrote an open letter to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, in which he said that investment protection was a central sensitive issue that could ultimately decide whether a transatlantic free trade agreement would be approved by Germany. He also noted that there was no need for investment arbitration procedures between countries with well-developed legal systems. The signing ceremony, originally scheduled for Thursday, was cancelled after the Belgian Walloon region vetoed the agreement. The contract was scheduled to be signed at 11:00 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT), but was postponed after Trudeau`s plane had to return to the Ottawa airport shortly after takeoff after “mechanical problems.” 3.
proposals for a European trade policy to improve the way sustainable development issues are dealt with in EU trade agreements. The time has finally arrived. On 15 February, the European Parliament will be invited to ratify virtually without debate the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) signed on 13 October last year. Following Canada`s ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on May 17, 2017, Canada and the European Commission agreed to begin implementing the agreement on an interim basis on September 21, 2017.