Canada threatens to scrap trade talks with EU

Limits on imports of oil sands fuel at the heart of dispute

Canadian officials are threatening to pull out of trade talks with the European Union if the EU presses ahead with environmental regulations that would block imports of fuel produced from Canada’s oil sands. According to EU documents and sources, Canada has actively lobbied the commission and member states to scrap a plan that would differentiate the carbon footprint of oil sands fuel compared to fuel obtained by more conventional means. Canadian officials, meanwhile, have denied threatening to scrap the trade talks.


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