27.02.2017 - 12:15

European Parliament Approves CETA

On February 15th, 2017 the majority of the European Parliament voted for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.

The delegates backed the controversial deal with 408 votes in favour, 254 against and 33 abstentions. A part of the agreement may provisionally enter into force as early as April 1. Full implementation would require votes in 40 national and regional parliaments from each EU member state. If one of those parliaments votes against it, CETA will fail.
CETA, TTIP and Co. pose a threat to democracy: They undermine national sovereignty, the negotiations took place behind closed doors and without public scrutiny and as soon as the agreements are ratified, they cannot be rescinded. So our motto remains the same: Stop the European-American free trade deals TTIP and CETA!

For more information:

European parliament passes EU-Canada free trade deal amid protests – theguardian.de on 15 February 2017
Controversial Ceta deal aims to eliminate 98% of tariffs on exported goods but critics say it will lead to privatisation of public sector-

Ceta: EU parliament backs free trade deal with Canada - bbc.com on 15 February 2017
The European Parliament has approved a landmark free trade deal with Canada. EU lawmakers backed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) by 408-254 votes despite crowds of protesters contesting the deal outside.

European Parliament approves landmark CETA free trade deal with Canada – independent.co.uk on 15 February 2017
Critics of the agreement say the deal will ‘destroy equality’ and allow corporations to sue the Government

European Parliament passes controversial EU-Canada CETA trade deal – dw.com on 15 February 2017
The deal will cut 99 percent of tariffs between the two sides but opponents say it gives corporations too much power over domestic regulation. Several hundred people protested in Strasbourg outside parliament.