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


Mar 26, 2024

Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester announced on Tuesday 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. A left-right alliance in the Senate caused a setback for the government just before the European elections.

Following the Senate’s 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, the government seemed to want to delay the process and place the text on the Assembly table at a later time. Minister Riester stated in an interview with Le Figaro that the bill will be transmitted at the appropriate time but not before the European elections to allow for a peaceful debate. He emphasized the need to prevent opposition groups from exploiting the debate for electoral purposes.

Riester criticized the alliance between the communist group and some LR senators in the Senate, calling it 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 the Ceta agreement, which eliminates most customs duties between the EU and Canada and is favorable for France. In the event of rejection by the National Assembly, the government would face a complex situation with potential consequences for the provisional application of the treaty in all of Europe.

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