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EU-Canada trade deal must be ratified by all parliaments

BRUSSELS - The European Union's trade agreement with Canada should be approved by all national parliaments, the European Commission said on Tuesday, a decision aimed at deflecting accusations that such deals are secretive and only benefit big companies.

"I have looked at the legal arguments and I have listened to heads of state or government and to national parliaments," Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement.

The Commission said it hopes the trade deal, which took some five years to negotiate, could be signed in October.