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Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council meeting on 21 October 2016

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Raad, gepubliceerd op vrijdag 21 oktober 2016.

Today, we discussed trade policy. I will shortly pass the floor to Jean-Claude Juncker. But before I do that, let me make two remarks.

Firstly, our citizens are increasingly concerned about whether the trade deals we negotiate are in their best interests. And I am afraid that we won't be able to continue to negotiate Free Trade Agreements if we do not prove in practice that we are very serious about protecting European consumers, workers and companies.

Today we have made some progress in this regard. Leaders committed to reach an urgent agreement on the modernisation of all the EU's trade defence instruments. And we have tasked our trade ministers with breaking the deadlock.

Secondly on CETA let me just say that I remain concerned, for a good trade agreement with a close partner like Canada and for Europe's reputation. All member states but one endorsed the agreement and we will continue with the best will and full engagement of the Commission so I pass the floor to Jean-Claude. Thank you.

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