Ag Groups Call For EU Deal Text To Be Made Public

animals cattle30 jul092014

Canadian agriculture organizations focused on growing exports are urging the federal government to unveil the text of the Canada-European Union trade deal.

It was announced this week that the wording of the agreement has been finalized, clearing the way for translation and a final legal review.

"This is very good news for the ag sector and Canada at large," says Claire Citeau, executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, which includes the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Canadian Pork Council, the Canadian Canola Growers Association and other ag commodity organizations.

CAFTA says the trade agreemnt could be worth up to $1.5 billion in additional exports each year, including $600 million in beef, $400 million in pork, $100 million in grains and oilseeds, $100 million in sugar containing products and $300 million in processed foods, fruits and vegetables.

She notes CAFTA's members have not seen the actual text, but they are still confident the deal will be good for their industries.

"Our members have worked very closely with the federal government and the negotiating team to make sure our positions are represented and reflected in the agreement," says Citeau.

They're encouraging the Canadian government to make the text public, she notes.

"The members would like to see it and I think both Canada and the European Commission understand the need to make relevant sections of the agreement available to key stakeholders fairly soon so there are no surprises when it goes through the ratification process," says Citeau.

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