Belgium Reaches Deal on EU-Canada Free Trade Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) -
Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette arrives at a meeting on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement, at the Lambermont Residence in Brussels, Belgium, October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette arrives at a meeting on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a planned EU-Canada free-trade agreement, at the Lambermont Residence in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday. (Reuters/Yves Herman)

The Belgian government has reached a deal to back the free-trade deal between the European Union and Canada on the day the agreement was supposed to be officially signed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was able to announce the agreement following days of negotiations with the region of Wallonia. The region has veto power in Belgium and the broader EU needs unanimity among its 28 member states.