The intra-Belgian disagreement was resolved in the last days of October and paved the way for CETA to be signed. On 28 October, the Belgian regional parliaments authorized full jurisdiction to the federal government and the following day Foreign Minister Didier Reynders signed his signature on behalf of Belgium.   The following day, Sunday 30 October 2016, the treaty was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovakia`s Prime Minister Robert Fico (Slovakia chaired the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016).  Find out how CETA can put your business on success with a competitive edge in one of the world`s largest economies. Learn more about this comprehensive free trade agreement, including information on how it helps Canadian businesses, trade statistics, key milestones and chapter summaries. CETA removes all tariffs on industrial products traded between the EU and Canada. Most were withdrawn when the agreement entered into force provisionally. All are removed within seven years. Trade in agricultural products is considerably liberalized. EU companies can make public contracts in Canada. Brexit: Boris Johnson says the UK does not have to comply with EU trade rules An agreement in principle was signed on 18 October 2013 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Negotiations ended on 1 August 2014.
 The trade agreement was formally presented on September 25, 2014 by Harper and Barroso at an EU-Canada summit at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.  The Canada Europe Roundtable for Business has served as a parallel trade process from the inception to the end of the CETA negotiations. CETA will create a regulatory cooperation forum to examine regulatory policy issues of common interest and develop bilateral cooperation activities.