CETA approval in EU Parliament sinks corporate hooks into European democracy : Corporate Europe Observatory,

Despite unprecedented public opposition, the European Parliament today approved the controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The vote flies in the face of millions of people, as well as trade unions, environmentalists and a broad civil society coalition who called for a rejection of the deal in both Europe and Canada.

Corporate Europe Observatory’s trade policy campaigner Pia Eberhardt said:

“Let’s not beat about the bush. CETA is a huge gift to big corporations, which gives them unprecedented powers. Corporate lobbyists will be popping champagne corks over today’s vote.

“But it’s a sad day for democracy and for the millions of Europeans and Canadians who have been demanding trade rules that benefit people and the environment.”

CETA sets dangerous precedents as it contains rules which corporations have pushed for years, but which have never before been part of an EU trade deal. These new, far-reaching privileges empower foreign investors to sue governments, grant early and exclusive access to the legislative process for business lobbyists who want to lower protection in areas such as environmental policies and food standards, and make it possible to lock in the privatisation of public services.

Read More : Corporate Europe Observatory.

 

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3 thoughts on “CETA approval in EU Parliament sinks corporate hooks into European democracy : Corporate Europe Observatory,

  1. Liam Fox doesn’t want you to know about the EU/Canada trade deal.
    Meet the corporate sell off trade deal that Dr Fox snuck through a back-room of parliament as the Commons debated Brexit.

    Liam Fox doesn’t want you to know about the EU/Canada trade deal
    Amy Hall 15 February 2017
    Meet the corporate sell off trade deal that Dr Fox snuck through a back-room of parliament as the Commons debated Brexit.
    Canadian Tar Sands: CETA may force the EU to accept this dirty fossil fuel. Image: Greenpeace.
    It is one of a ‘new generation’ of trade deals agreed in secretive negotiations around the world. It has been described as the ‘ugly brother’ of TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, and the ‘most ambitious’ trade agreement that the EU has concluded. And the European Parliament is voting on it today.
    The EU/Canada trade deal threatens to put corporate interests over many things that we in Britain take for granted. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – to give it its official name – risks our food standards, undermines our rights at work, and fails to adequately protect the environment or bolster efforts to stop runaway climate change.
    While civil society has largely been left out of negotiations, it seems that corporate lobbyists have been closer to the action.
    If the European parliament votes CETA through today, much of the deal can be provisionally implemented without the agreement of member states. While Britain remains part of the EU, we will be bound by this. If our parliament ratifies CETA before we leave the EU we will be bound by the whole thing.
    Read More…
    https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/amy-hall/liam-fox-doesn-t-want-you-to-know-about-eucanada-trade-deal

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