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Romania agrees to EU-Canada trade accord after visa deal

The deal which has been in talks for more than seven years now remains in limbo as the parliament of the Belgian region of Wallonia continues to block it. Photograph: (AFP)

Brussels, Belgium Oct 21, 2016, 01.04 PM (IST)

Romania would no longer block the EU-Canada trade accord after Bucharest reached a deal with Ottawa, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday.

 

"We have reached a deal with Canada, a reasonable agreement for both parties," Iohannis told journalists at an EU summit in Brussels, AFP reported.

 

"Romania has no longer any objections to the commercial trade accord with Canada."

 

Canada has agreed to waive all visa requirements for Romanian citizens as of December 1, 2017.

 

"However, if the number of illegal migrants passes a certain threshold, Canada reserves the right to temporarily introduce visas," Iohannis added.

 

Visa waivers were a key condition for Romania and Bulgaria's support of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) pact between the EU and Canada.

 

The deal which has been in talks for more than seven years now remains in limbo as the parliament of the Belgian region of Wallonia continues to block it. The agreement is planned to be signed on October 27.

 

EU leaders on Friday were anxiously awaiting a breakthrough after all-night negotiations between EU officials and Wallonia's head of government, AFP said.

 

The trade accord can only come into effect if all EU member states unanimously agree to the deal.

 

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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