Centinaio, a League member, said that his decision did not reflect just the nationalist position of his party, but that "doubts over this agreement are common among my European colleagues".
In the 28-member European Union, Italy has the most food products with PDO and PGI labels, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham.
Ninety-eight per cent of CETA came into effect last September on a provisional basis.
Without ratification by all 28 member states, the treaty can not go into effect for the entire European Union. He points out that Italy exports three times more to Canada than it imports.
"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump".
CETA opens the door to Canadian public procurement, paves the way for harmonization of standards, and a study by the Journal of Political Economy (March 2017) estimates that it could generate 300,000 jobs.
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Italy's association of agricultural companies, Coldiretti, has acknowledged that CETA has the potential to triple last year's food exports of €41 billion, but says that there is a serious risk of global food counterfeiting of Italian products.
Regarding Rome's rejection of CETA, the Commission said it was working closely with European Union members to ensure that European Union trade accords were mutually beneficial.
She was responding to reports that Italy's Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said Thursday the Italian government would ask the parliament not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) since it does not ensure sufficient protection for the country's speciality foods. In this effort, Brussels needs to convince not only Italy's farmers because many other farm associations across the bloc have criticized the treaty, expressing concerns about rapidly rising pork and beef imports from Canada. Coldiretti also mentioned risks posed by the annulment of duties on Canadian wheat, a country where the herbicide glyphosate can be used.
The minister was not immediately available to comment on the interview and it was not possible to get a reaction from the office of the prime minister on the issue.
OTTAWA, June 16 ― Seventy per cent of Canadians say they will start looking for ways to avoid buying US-made goods in a threat to ratchet up a trade dispute between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump, an Ipsos Poll showed yesterday. Trudeau has said little about the matter since a Trump Twitter assault.