Parliament of Cyprus refuses ratifying EU-Canada CETA Agreement
In its plenary vote on Friday 31 July, the parliament of Cyprus decided not to ratify the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). 37 MPs voted against and 18 voted for ratification, with no abstentions, according to the Cypriot media.
The EU-Canada CETA is designed to facilitate the export of goods and services. It provisionally entered into force in September 2017, but to be fully valid it must be ratified by all EU countries.
The parliament of Cyprus is concerned about the level of protection of Cyprus’ agricultural products, and particularly of Halloumi cheese, one of the national dishes of Cyprus exported in large quantities. Government officials said on Saturday that the country would try to negotiate some exemptions for Cypriot products, along with the registration of halloumi cheese as a trademark, before the agreement is again submitted to the House of Representatives for approval.
The text of the Agreement is available here.