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EU yields to Canada on tar sands in trade talks

Reuters reports that, “The European Union has yielded to Canadian demands it remove possible trade barriers to polluting oil sands to avoid further damage to ties, according to sources and leaked documents.”

“Canadian Ambassador Ross Hornby told a top official at the European Union’s executive in a letter seen by Reuters… that draft EU standards to promote greener fuels are too unwieldy and will harm the market for its oil sands… Several sources said Canada had raised the issue frequently during trade talks with the EU.”
“Hornby confirmed he had written such a letter, which was released by the Commission under freedom of information laws.”

“Europe seems to have taken the advice. A recent draft EU paper on fuel standards, seen by Reuters, drops all reference to Canadian oil sands or tar sands, in sharp contrast with drafts from last year.”

For information on our campaign against the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, please go to http://canadians.org/trade/issues/EU/index.html.

You can read about our tar sands campaign work at http://canadians.org/energy/issues/tarsands/index.html.

The full Reuters article is at http://money.canoe.ca/money/business/canada/archives/2010/03/20100324-113234.html.