Italy won't ratify EU-Canada trade deal: agriculture minister

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Italy's new agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio said on Thursday that the government wouldn't ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada - the EU's first major free trade deal since 2011.

Of the 28 European Union countries, Italy has the most food products with PDO and PGI labels, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham.

On CETA, Kingston said the comments from Italy were "concerning".

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Navarro said.

CETA opens the door to Canadian public procurement, paves the way for harmonization of standards, and a study by the Journal of Political Economy (March 2017) estimates that it could generate 300,000 jobs. All 28 European Union member states must approve the accord for it to take effect.

Italy is anxious especially for its cheese industry, with many of Italian-type products made in Canada. A spokesman for Francois-Philippe Champagne says the worldwide trade minister visited Italy a few days ago to pitch the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, to Italy's populist government, which took power on June 1.

The European Commission said it was working closely with EU members to ensure that the trade accord was mutually beneficial.

Not surprisingly, 81% of Canadians said they feel Trump is acting "erratically" and "damaging trust between allies."Two thirds of Canadians feel that the latest escalations between the two countries will lead to an all-out trade war between the two nations".

The government program that forms the basis of the League-5-Star coalition mentioned CETA, saying the executive would oppose "the aspects (of the treaty) that imply an excessive weakening of the protection of citizens' rights".

Italy has 221 protected products, that is, the highest in the EU.

Freeland also mentioned having had "a good conversation about CETA" with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at last weekend's G7 summit in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition as part of his "America First" agenda.

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