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)

Client Earth | 30-Apr-2019
In a disappointing judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled today that the investment court system in the Canadian EU trade agreement (CETA) is compatible with EU law.
CNCD-11.11.11 | 30-Apr-2019
Si le CETA et les accords semblables sont compatibles avec le droit, ils restent incompatibles avec les principes de justice climatique et sociale.
Stop ISDS | 30-Apr-2019
The judgement is disappointing but The case against ISDS (or its rebranded version ICS) has never been primarily a legal one. It is a moral one.
Amis de la Terre | 29-Apr-2019
30 organisations de la société civile demandent la fin du mécanisme d’arbitrage entre investisseurs et États qui bénéficie exclusivement aux investisseurs étrangers au détriment des Etats et des citoyens et mine la démocratie.
CCPA | 10-Apr-2019
Many countries have become wary of the system and are restructuring or terminating their investment agreements. This is the ambience in which the Court of Justice will decide whether the CETA is compatible with EU law.
Sud Info | 27-Mar-2019
C’est le 30 avril prochain que la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne rendra son avis concernant la compatibilité avec le droit de l’UE du système d’arbitrage prévu dans l’accord commercial entre l’Union et le Canada (CETA).
CNCD-11.11.11 | 8-Mar-2019
“Vous pourrez réglementer mais parfois vous devrez payer”. avait prononcé un représentant du gouvernement canadien concernant le CETA.
Client Earth | 15-Feb-2019
This critical analysis of the AG’s Opinion will quickly recall the background and implications of the case before commenting on the most controversial points of the AG’s reasoning.
Reuters | 29-Jan-2019
The EU-Canada free trade deal’s provisions on investor protection are in line with EU law, a senior court adviser said in a recommendation to the European Court of Justice.
L’Echo | 29-Jan-2019
Le traité commercial avec le Canada est compatible avec le droit de l’Union, estime l’avocat général de la Cour de Justice de l’UE.

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