Canada's visa policy may yet scuttle free-trade deal

The Prague Post

Cat Contiguglia
October 26, 2011

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As two years of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada reach an endgame, Czech officials are sticking to threats to block ratification if a controversial Canadian visa requirement is not lifted.

"We hope we won't need any visa at the time when the ratification procedure starts," Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Tlapa, who has taken part in the negotiations, told The Prague Post. "Otherwise, we will have a serious problem."

The ninth round of talks on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) ended Oct. 21 with formal offers from both Canada …

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