Dutch ref­er­en­dum tar­gets EU-Canada pact

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Dutch ac­tivists said they have gar­nered nearly two-thirds of the sig­na­tures needed to force the govern­ment to hold a ref­er­en­dum on the new EU-Canada trade pact, in what may prove a fresh set­back to the deal. The con­tro­ver­sial ac­cord, seven years in the mak­ing, was fi­nally signed last week­end in Brus­sels af­ter it was held up by last-minute re­sis­tance from a Bel­gian re­gion. But the agree­ment now has to go back to most mem­ber states of the Euro­pean Union for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

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