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United States | Brussels, 2 October 2015

Malmström met with the Minister-President of Wallonia

This morning, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met with the Minister-President of Wallonia, Paul Magnette. Topics of discussion included the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

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During this meeting Commissioner Malmström stressed the jobs and growth side of TTIP and reassured that this agreement will not be negotiated at any price. Europe will protect its high standards for food safety, consumer and environmental rules, privacy, healthcare, and social protection. The Commissioner also explained the reform proposal of the Commission for a future Investment Court System, presented on 16 September.

Moreover, Commissioner Malmström stressed that trade agreements, including TTIP and CETA, do not prevent governments, at any level, from providing or supporting services in areas such as water, education, health, and social services, as was underlined in a joint EU-US statement on 20 March 2015. Finally, Commissioner Malmström stressed that TTIP negotiations are strongly backed by the unanimous mandate of all EU Member States and the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on TTIP in July.

Commissioner Malmström agreed with the Minister-President of Wallonia that Belgium is a free-trade-country, but that there were also many worries about free trade which had to be openly discussed. She said: "I am delighted to come in the near future to the Walloon Parliament in Namur to discuss EU trade policy and enter into a constructive dialogue with the Walloon Parliamentarians on all aspects of TTIP and CETA."

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