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

Blanche Robertson
June 18, 2018

Italy is willing to disrupt the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) signed between the European Union and Canada to protect its food industry, Italy's agriculture minister Gian Marco Gentinaio said on Thursday.

A protest against the CETA trade deal in Rome, 2017.

The new Italian government's opposition to the EU's trade accord with Canada reflects its Eurosceptic nature and threatens to upend decades of consensus in the 28-nation bloc.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump".

After a year of continually diminishing approval, Trudeau's approval rating has jumped 12 points since the last time ARI asked Canadians to assess his performance and has regained the endorsement of a majority of Canadians (52%) for the first time since last fall.

In an interview with Italy's daily La Stampa, Centinaio said CETA didn't ensure sufficient protection for the country's speciality foods.

The treaty entered into force on a provisional basis in September 2017, sweeping away tariffs on a large number of goods and widening access to Canadian beef in Europe and European Union cheese and wine in Canada.

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Sixty-two percent of Canadians "say he has handled his spat with Trump well", while 59 percent support "his government's countervailing tariffs in retaliation to Trump's on steel and aluminum", the Angus Reid Institute said.

Some farm associations and critics in European states have expressed concerns about the threat of rapidly rising pork and beef imports from Canada. The association also pointed to risks posed by the annulment of duties on Canadian wheat - a country where the controversial weed killer glyphosate is widely used.

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.

The government's program also pledged to "protect the highest-quality products of Made in Italy".

Canadians approve of Justin Trudeau's response to President Donald Trump's personal attacks as well as his countervailing tariffs on United States imports - and the prime minister's popularity is up, poll results released Friday showed.

"Well no doubt Trump as a foil to Trudeau is politically for Justin Trudeau a very helpful thing", explains the institute's Shachi Kurl.

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