Lawmakers in the European Parliament on Wednesday signed off on the bloc’s free-trade agreement with New Zealand, heralded as Brussels’ gold standard for making its trade deals greener.

“This is the most modern agreement that we as a European Union have concluded,” German MEP Daniel Caspary of the center-right European People’s Party, who led work on the deal in the Parliament, told reporters ahead of the vote.

“We want to ensure that in the future such high standards will be complied with across the board,” he said, arguing that the agreement should be a “model” for other deals.

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