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February 27, 2017
Latvia becomes first EU country to ratify free trade agreement with Canada
With a positive vote in its parliament, the Saeima, Latvia became the first of the European Union's (EU) 28 member states to ratify the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Legislators voted by a margin of 71 to 5 in favour, with one abstention.
Canada's Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, visited Latvia's capital, Riga, on February 23, 2017, to attend the parliament's vote on CETA.
The vote in the Latvian parliament follows the February 15, 2017, approval of CETA by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
In Canada the government continues the CETA domestic approval process so that it may be provisionally applied as soon as possible. The House of Commons approved Bill C-30, the CETA Implementation Act, on February 14, 2017, and the bill was introduced in the Senate the same day.
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