Europe

EU trade chief: not there yet to sign EU-Canada deal

  • Belgium's foreign minister Didier Reynders, left, speaks with EU Council High representative Federica Mogherini during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    Belgium's foreign minister Didier Reynders, left, speaks with EU Council High representative Federica Mogherini during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors place banners in front of an inflatable Trojan horse outside a meeting venue of EU trade ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. European Union trade ministers meet Tuesday to discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    Protestors place banners in front of an inflatable Trojan horse outside a meeting venue of EU trade ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. European Union trade ministers meet Tuesday to discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors hold inflatable letters as they demonstrate outside a meeting venue of EU trade ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. European Union trade ministers meet Tuesday to discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    Protestors hold inflatable letters as they demonstrate outside a meeting venue of EU trade ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. European Union trade ministers meet Tuesday to discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's foreign trade chief says that member states will likely be unable to back a landmark trade deal with Canada as scheduled on Tuesday but she was optimistic the deal could still be signed next week.

EU Foreign Trade Commissioner Margot Malmstroem said objections from a Belgian region were still being worked on and said that "we are not really there yet and I don't think we will land today. But there is still time."

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to fly over to sign the deal on Oct. 27. Malmstroem said that there was still time to overcome Belgian objections right up to "when the prime minister needs to book his tickets from Canada."

The trade pact requires backing from all 28 member states.