BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Italy is due to no hurry to create the ecu Union’s free trade agreement with Canada to your parliamentary vote, its farm minister said on Monday, suggesting its opposition to the deal could possibly be easing.

Ministers of your eurosceptic 5-Star/League government have said Italy won’t ratify CETA (the great Economic and Trade Agreement), threatening the EU’s starting trade deal since an EU-South Korean accord launched this year.

However, Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio told reporters in Brussels: “Nobody is at a hurry to give CETA to your chamber.”

Speaking before a session of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels, next he said no date ended up in search of a parliamentary debate and therefore the us govenment hadn’t discussed this.

CETA took effect provisionally in September 2019, using the reduction or reduction of tariffs on 98 percent of items, but is required to be ratified by all 28 EU countries. Just one failure to ratify could bring the full deal down.

According to your EU statistics office Eurostat, Italian goods exports to Canada have risen by 2.1 % year-on-year within the eight months since CETA provisionally inked force and it is food and animal exports by 11.9 percent.

Asked why Italy would block a proposal that boosted exports, Centinaio responded:

“We want to understand with concrete data whether CETA is very advantageous for that country. We have the impression it’s not… Really do not generate data. We’ve got assumptions, mostly perceptions from firms, mainly from the agriculture sector.”

The 5-Star/League government, which took office on June 1, has stated it should take a difficult line on defending Italian speciality foods.

Of the 28 Eu countries, Italy contains the most food with PDO, or Protected Designation of Origin, and PGI, or Protected Geographical Indication, labels.

These include Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham. Under CETA, Canada has recognized in excess of 40 Italian PDO and PGI labels beyond at all times . over 200.

Centinaio said he wished to check whether those not covered were exclusively local products that were unlikely to get exported to Canada. If wasn’t the truth, Italy could push to include more.