Economy Minister Stathakis: Greek positions on CETA deal taken into account by EU

The positions that prevailed during a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on Tuesday to discuss the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada (CETA), were those supported by Greece, Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis said after the meeting in Luxembourg.

“The positions that prevailed were those supported from the start by the Greek delegation,” the minister said, adding the EU now has “a framework of safeguards that will protect the European acquis and take into account of the concerns of civil society.”

Member-states did not reach a conclusion on Tuesday because of objections raised by Belgium’s francophone southern region of Wallonia.

The agreement will only be applied on a provisional basis once the European Parliament has consented to its conclusion, pending ratification by all of the member states. Provisional application will concern essentially the provisions of EU exclusive competence.