MEPs approved EU-Canada CETA

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament by 408 votes to 254, with 33 abstentions. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017. “By adopting CETA, we chose openness and growth and high standards over protectionism and stagnation,” Parliament’s rapporteur for the CETA agreement Artis Pabriks (EPP, LV) said.