It does not do much for trade in services and, above all, almost nothing for the trade in financial services, which is very important for the British economy. The intra-Belgian disagreement was resolved in the last days of October and paved the way for CETA to be signed. On 28 October, the Belgian regional parliaments authorized full jurisdiction to the federal government and the following day Foreign Minister Didier Reynders signed his signature on behalf of Belgium.   The following day, Sunday 30 October 2016, the treaty was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovakia`s Prime Minister Robert Fico (Slovakia chaired the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016).  In CETA, the EU and Canada reaffirm their commitment to sustainable development and agree that continued trade and new investment should strengthen, not weaken, environmental protection and workers` rights. In 2016, the European Commission announced that it had agreed with the Canadian government to replace CETA`s ad hoc arbitration tribunals with a permanent dispute resolution tribunal. The tribunal will consist of 15 members appointed by Canada and the EU, who will look at individual cases within three bodies. A claim mechanism is put in place to ensure the “legal correctness” of prices. Tribunal members are not permitted to act as party experts or lawyers in other investment matters.  The full text of the agreement with summaries of chapters in plain English. CETA removes all tariffs on industrial products traded between the EU and Canada. Most were withdrawn when the agreement entered into force provisionally. All are removed within seven years.
Trade in agricultural products is considerably liberalized. EU companies can make public contracts in Canada. Francophones in southern Belgium, a minority in their own small country and less than 1% of the 508 million EU consumers likely to be affected by CETA, raised objections that kept the agreement going until a breakthrough on Thursday, confirmed on Friday by the votes of the regional parliament.