Italy's agri min Centinaio: will not ratify free trade agreement with Canada

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2018

Within the EU, Italy produces the most food products with PDO and PGI labels - among them Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham.

Even though most of the provisions of the EU's most ambitious trade deal to date, inked in 2016, took effect past year, it still needs to be approved by all European Union members' parliaments to fully go into force.

On the reports about Italy's possible rejection of CETA, Freeland noted that Austria was initially reluctant to ratify CETA, but eventually came around.

Coldiretti, the influential association of Italian agricultural companies, backed Centinaio's intention, saying in a statement CETA was "wrong and risky" for Italy.

In April, the Brussels-based European Union executive put forward a proposed free trade agreement with Japan for fast-track approval, hoping to avoid a repeat of the public protests that almost derailed the CETA trade pact with Canada two years ago.

Gentinaio is a member of the far-right Lega party; Lega officials, including Matteo Salvini, do not shy away from echoing the Trump-inspired motto "Italy First", but this is the first time this motto has a bearing on trade policy.

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The European Commission said it was working closely with EU members to ensure that the trade accord was mutually beneficial.

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne visited Italy a few days ago to sell the merits of CETA to the new Italian government, which took power on June 1.

Fifty-seven percent of US respondents told the poll they support Trudeau's actions, compared to just 37 percent who said the same for Trump.

Italy's new Eurosceptic coalition government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, drawn from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing League, is set to set to challenge the EU's fiscal rules and crack down on immigration.

President Donald Trump's popularity has never been extremely tangible in Canada, but there are signs of displeasure from American voters in reaction to his belligerent behavior during the recent G7 summit, particularly in regards to his verbal sparring match with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair global competition as part of his "America First" agenda.

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