Trade deal CETA signed but on the ropes?

30 October 2016 - 9:15am
Press release

On the delayed signing today of CETA by European Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Vicki Hird, Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want, said: 

“This signing ceremony should be seen for what it is – a promotional opportunity designed to push a toxic trade deal and trade agenda that are in trouble.

After seven years of secret negotiations, CETA was finally examined by parliamentarians representing the public, and its flaws realised. The threat it presents to national regulations that protect our health and the environment and the deeply undemocratic investor court system (ICS) - giving corporations and investors special rights and priviledges - have now been exposed.

 The deal struck this week in Belgium opens the process up to legal attack and procedural delays. Crucially, opposition to CETA is not confined to Wallonia but is spread across the EU and Canada and the deal will now be under ever greater public, national and European parliamentary scrutiny.

UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox MP has conceded that there must be a debate on CETA in parliament, having clearly tried to bypass the democratic process up to now. We demand the debate happen soon and call for democratization of EU trade and investment policy.”

Notes

For further information and interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550728

Ceta: EU and Canada to sign long-delayed free trade deal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37814884 Our joint report says CETA in its present form threathens public welfare on both sides of the Atlantic, referring among other areas to investor-state dispute settlement, agriculture and energy policy  http://waronwant.org/resources/new-study-contents-european-canadian-trad...

The ETUC and CLC have made a joint statement demanding the negotiations be opened up to democratic consultation of trade unions and civil society, in order to ensure the necessary changes are introduced to address existing concerns https://www.etuc.org/press/etuc-and-clc-statement-ceta-more-democracy-fa...

Study from Tufts University on the economic impact of CETA on Europe:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/ceta_simulations.html

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