Tomorrow, Thursday 21 September, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be provisionally applied: over 90 percent of the deal’s provisions will begin taking effect tomorrow, but matters such as investment protection and the new investment court system, requiring unanimous approval by EU member states, will have to wait.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has been pressing with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for improvements throughout the long negotiations.
Article by Liina Carr, published on Social Europe
As MEPs Vote On CETA, Trade Unions Demand A New Approach To Trade
After months of argument which brought hundreds of thousands of protestors onto the streets of European cities, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is this week taking a further step towards implementation, with the vote in the European Parliament.
ETUC and CLC statement on CETA
MORE DEMOCRACY FOR A FAIR AND PROGRESSIVE TRADE AGENDA
The failure of the signature of CETA and the consequent postponement of the EU-Canada Summit show that our concerns were right and shared by local and national politicians, and that the deal cannot be ratified unless the flaws in CETA are fully addressed.
The ETUC urged EU Heads of Governments to break out of their cycle of failure after yet another Summit in which practically nothing was agreed, and what was agreed should not have been according to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
A broad group of civil society and consumer organisations as well as trade unions call on the EU’s trade ministers to reject the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada . The trade ministers are gathering in Bratislava today and tomorrow to discuss the ratification of the CETA agreement.