CETA

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was concluded in 2014 between the European Union and Canada. It entered into provisional application in September 2017.

The agreement covers most aspects of new generation trade deals, including intellectual property, public procurements, regulatory cooperation, services and elimination of tariffs.

It also includes an investment chapter with a revised investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, dubbed investment court system. Many critics on both sides of the Atlantic say that this new system is largely window-dressing and does not address the core of the problem behind investor-state dispute measures which enable foreign corporations to sue states if they deem their profits or investment potentials affected by new laws or changes in policy.

(March 2020)

El Diario | 12-Sep-2016
Los gobiernos y los lobistas de las grandes corporaciones buscan nuevas formas de blindar la privatización y esquivar el proceso democrático.
AITEC | 10-Sep-2016
Alors que la France tente de sauver le CETA en torpillant momentanément le TAFTA/TTIP, 17 organisations européennes rappellent les dangers de l’arbitrage d’investissement tel qu’il est proposé dans les deux traités.
Client Earth | 7-Sep-2016
Highly controversial investor rules in the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA) led the EU Parliament to ask its legal service whether they were compatible with EU law, and the analysis has just been published.
CBC | 20-Aug-2016
Leaked meeting notes posted earlier this month by ’Politico Europe’ suggest that as recently as July 15, countries couldn’t agree on what parts of the agreement should apply when.
Common Dreams | 16-Aug-2016
A major topic of discussion at the World Social Forum in Montreal was the problems with TTIP-style free trade agreements and how we can stop them, writes Nick Dearden
New Internationalist | 9-Aug-2016
As thousands discuss free trade at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada’s experience with NAFTA may offer lessons for the Netherlands, writes Niels Jongerius
Counterpunch | 8-Jul-2016
CETA, like its cousins TTP and TTIP, would cement into place the right of multi-national corporations to dictate to governments without any democratic input.
TTIP Free Zones Europe | 9-Jun-2016
Aristoteli joined a growing movement of local authorities opposed to CETA and TTIP to deny the building of a polluter’s paradise
Le Monde | 8-Jun-2016
Sans s’opposer à l’accord commercial sur le principe, les députés luxembourgeois ne se satisfont pas des modifications apportées en février par les négociateurs au chapitre d’arbitrage.
New Generation Trade Blog | 27-May-2016
The new trade is something with much more weight: It’s about community power and who gets to make decisions.

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