chrystia freeland

chrystia freeland

Germany: VC Gabriel touts CETA trade deal with Canada

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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel held a joint press conference with Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland following their meeting in Berlin, Thursday. Refugee crisis, bilateral relations as well as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) topped agenda of the meeting. SOT, Sigmar Gabriel, German Vice Chancellor (German): "We have discussed various European issues including the question which the new Canadian government is interested in - how to bring together environmental protection and energy policy, economic growth and new jobs. We have quite a big experience on dealing these issues in Germany. And of course we have discussed a topic which many people in Germany are interested in and my Canadian colleagues have also visited the Bundestag to discuss European-Canadian CETA trade deal [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement]. I'm convinced that if we would be able to ratify this agreement swiftly, this would actually create the gold standard for the negotiations with the US. In this agreement we have succeeded in working with the new Canadian government and we have managed to take out the old investment protection agreement which has been widely criticised and we have replaced it. I'm very grateful to my colleague Freeland and the Canadian government because you actually agreed to opening up and changing this agreement. This is something that cannot be taken for granted and you were very willing to cooperate. And if we were able to conclude this agreement than this would actually help us in the negotiations with US because it would send a message to US that they cannot go beyond this standards. So this would be the benchmark in the negotiation process with US. I could not imagine voting for any TTIP agreement [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] which would not have a least the same standards as the one with Canada." Video ID: 20160414-073 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly LiveLeak: http://www.liveleak.com/c/Ruptly Vine: https://vine.co/Ruptly Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Ruptly YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuptlyTV DailyMotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/ruptly