The CETA agreement signed with Canada in French / English

(credit: EU/European Council Spokesperson)
(credit: EU/European Council Spokesperson)

(B2) Here is the famous CETA agreement (trade and global economy) which will be signed between the EU and Canada and its various corollaries.

The Canadian Prime Minister arrived two hours late in Brussels. A technical problem on the plane that brought him to Brussels… or a diplomatic breakdown?

The text of the CETA agreement can be downloaded here: en French / english

as well as the common interpretative instrument: in French / english

andset of statements interpretative — including 36, 37 and 38 resulting from the latest negotiations between Wallonia, Belgium and the European Commission (French)

Comment: In a rather original way, only the English text was distributed by the Council's press service, while the French text does indeed exist... The proof! Unfortunately, it is becoming a habit of the European institutions (Commission, Council of the EU and EEAS) to communicate only in English (at least the most complex texts) and not in the two or three working languages. The pretext often given is that of the impossibility of translation in a short time. This is sometimes true but often false. In reality, this reflects a real desire on the part of certain members of the European institution to favor a single working language – English – and not to distribute the text in French! A simple search in the database proves it…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).