The Latvian parliament, the Saeima, became the first in the European Union to fully ratify a groundbreaking free trade deal between the 28-member bloc and Canada.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, on the one hand, and the European Union and its Member States, on the other hand, will remove 99% of existing tariffs between the two trading areas.

It has been described by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs as essential for strengthening Latvian and Canadian bilateral relations.

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23.02.2017