MUST READ TO FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CETA MAZE

As we used to say, CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is the trojan horse of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Indeed, CETA is paving the way for signing this EU-US toxic deal.

However, until now, CETA keeps being less known than TTIP. For this reason we wanted to help you to find your way out of the CETA maze.

 

General informations on CETA:

CETA: TTIP’s ugly brother (Global Justice Now, 4 pages, September 2015)

One of the clearest and most powerful short briefing on CETA. 4 pages summarising why the deal must be stopped.

CETA: An assault on democracy (Video 3:23, Campact, September 2014)
Short video introducing CETA, available in German and English

Fighting TTIP, CETA & ISDS: Lessons from Canada (Council of Canadians, 16 pages, October 2015)

This paper is offered as a warning to Europeans who care about the health of their people, the resilience of their communities. What is Canada’s experience with ISDS under NAFTA? Why does CETA matter as much as TTIP?

 

On the investment chapter:

The Zombie ISDS – Rebranded as ICS, rights for corporations to sue states refuse to die (CEO and partners, 48 pages, February 2016)
Key report on investment protection, based on the October 2015 TTIP proposal but very relevant for the CETA debate on Investment. Gives all the arguments to debunk the EC claim that the investment chapter in CETA has been fixed. Check in particular the very useful annexes. The executive summary is available in many languages.

 

On public services:

Public services under attack through TTIP and CETA (CEO, AITEC and partners, 52 pages, October 2015)
EU trade deals with Canada and the US could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water and health, as negotiators are doing the work of some of the EU’s most powerful corporate lobby groups in pushing an aggressive market opening agenda in the public sector. This report is available in English and French. The 2 pages abstract was translated into most EU languages.

 

On regulatory cooperation:

“CETA Regulatory Co-operation – A ‘business-friendliness test” for new regulations and human rights” (2 pages)
Short analysis of the CETA regulatory cooperation chapter (EN)

 

On energy:

Five reasons CETA & TTIP are terrible for the climate (Global Justice Now, 4 pages, December 2015)
4 pages briefing from Global Justice Now, written before the Paris Climate conference in Paris.

 

On water:

The Free Trade agreement between the EU and Canada threatens water management (Statement, European Water Movement, October 2015)
Good and short summary of CETA threats to water. Exists in French, Spanish and Italian

 

Reactions to CETA:

German Confederation of Trade Unions DGB (March 2016)
Opposing ISDS and its reforms in CETA. In German.

In pursuit of a consistent European Parliament position on two transatlantic trade agreements – Analysis of the conformity of CETA with the European Parliament’s 8 July 2015 Resolution on TTIP (Ferdi de Ville for Marie Arena, 12 pages, February 2016)
As CETA will provide US firms with subsidiaries in Canada investment and trade opportunities in the EU and having regard to the precedential value of CETA for TTIP, it is imperative for the European Parliament to ensure sufficient consistency between its position on CETA and its resolution of 8 July 2015 on TTIP. This study analyses the conformity of CETA with the recommendations that the EP has made in its most recent TTIP resolution. It concludes that CETA deviates significantly from the EP’s TTIP recommendations.

European Trade Union calls for a fundamental rethink of Canadian and US trade deals (ETUC, November 2014)
The ETUC is the voice of workers and represents 45 million members from 89 trade union organisations in 39 European countries, plus 10 European Trade Union Federations.
ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Ségol said: “Trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic are united in wanting agreements negotiated in the public interest, not for vested interests, and that do not privatise the gains of trade while socialising the losses. Our tests are clear. CETA does not meet them and if TTIP follows the same course it will fail them too. […]”

Trade unions will call for rejection of the EU-Canada trade deal unless it is changed (ETUC, September 2014)
The ETUC is the voice of workers and represents 45 million members from 89 trade union organisations in 39 European countries, plus 10 European Trade Union Federations.
The European trade union movement will urge the European Parliament and national Governments to reject the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, which may be signed tomorrow at the EU-Canada Summit in Ottowa, unless it is changed. Concerns are : weak reference to Canada signing the UN ILO Conventions, ISDS (position on ICS unclear), negative list on services.

 

And if you have to much free time, feel free to read the CETA text, finally available for citizens!

Text published in March 2016, including the “new” chapter on investment.

 

Some good websites where you can find out more on CETA:

S2BThe Seattle to Brussels (S2B) network has a page dedicated on CETA materials. It's a goldmine of information on CETA as well as on other free trade agreements.

 

 

Bilaterals.org aggregates press articles and publications on trade and investment. Check their CETA page for the last updates on the agreement and its coverage.

 

Ask you mayor to send a letter to the government

On this page, you can download a template letter (in English) asking governements to oppose CETA. Feel free to translate it and to adapt the text to your national and local context.

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