#BREAKING EU suspends efforts to ratify China investment deal: commissioner
The EU has suspended efforts to finalise its massive investment deal with China, given the soured diplomatic relations between both sides after tit-for-tat sanctions, the EU’s top trade official said on Tuesday.
“We now in a sense have suspended… political outreach activities from the European Commission side,” EU Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP in an interview.
“It’s clear in the current situation with the EU sanctions in place against China and Chinese counter sanctions in place, including against members of European Parliament (that) the environment is not conducive for ratification of the agreement,” Dombrovskis said.
To the surprise of many, the European Union and China in late December approved a major investment pact, wrapping up seven years of painstaking negotiations thanks to a final push by Germany.
The pact has been defended as a much needed opening to China’s long-closed economy for European companies, but was sure to face a difficult ratification amongst the 27 member states as well as the European Parliament.
Dombrovskis, a former Latvian prime minister, is in charge of spearheading that approval process in the EU, which has already met with pushback from key MEPs.
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