OTTAWA -- Canada and the European Union have quietly reached a tentative agreement on beef and pork, one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of a comprehensive trade and investment deal.
Multiple sources tell The Canadian Press the two sides recently settled on a quota big enough to allow Canadian meat producers to penetrate the European market, but not so big European farmers would feel threatened.
No one is talking publicly for fear the deal could unravel, falling victim to the horse-trading that characterizes the final rounds of trade negotiations.
"It seems like they have found a place to agree," said one person close to the talks.
-- The Canadian Press