CETA

EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations were launched at a transatlantic summit in Prague in May 2009. CETA includes chapters on regulatory cooperation, food and consumer product standards, technical barriers to trade, public procurement, domestic regulation, trade in services, and other areas where the goal is to constrain public policy even more than it already is by WTO rules. At the request of the Canadian government, CETA includes an extensive investment protection chapter and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process, though it is clear that the Commission is anxious to use the Canadian and Singapore negotiations to develop an EU-wide investment policy.

Investment texts have been leaking from the CETA negotiations since early 2012 and are included here, along with analysis from Canadian and EU legal experts and NGOs. In November 2013, in response to growing European opposition to ISDS, the Commission published a highly misleading report defending the CETA investment model. The Seattle to Brussels Network in its analysis refers to this report as a lobbying document. Also see Marc Maes’ updated response to DG Trade’s claims (March 7, 2014)

LEAKED TEXTS

Update: CETA – leaked almost final (!) Draft Investment Chapter, Text as of 4 April 2014
CETA – Investment Protection Text as of 21 November 2013
Update: CETA – Investor-State Dispute Settlement Text as of 3 April 2014
CETA – Investor-State Dispute Settlement Text as of 4 February 2014

ANALYSIS OF THE CETA INVESTMENT CHAPTERS

Investment Protection in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – Marc Maes (11.11.11) for the S2B Network (March 5, 2014)
S2B/Marc Maes – Response to DG Trade claims about Investment Protection in CETA (March 7-2014)
A Response to the European Commission’s December 2013 Document “Investment Provisions in the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)” by Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Howard Mann, IISD, 2014.

IISD legal expert warns Canada-EU trade agreement could damage sovereignty (December 2013)
The Right to Say No: EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans, a report by TNI, CEO and The Council of Canadians (May 2013 – FR / ES)

STATEMENTS OPPOSING ISDS IN CETA

More than 100 organizations sign transatlantic statement opposing dangerous investor “rights” chapter in CETA (November 2013)

Arrêtons les cadeaux aux multinationales! Un plaidoyer transatlantique pour plus de bon sens dans les négociations de l’AÉCG entre l’Union européenne et le Canada
(Novembre 2013)

Transatlantic Statement Opposing Excessive Corporate Rights (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (February 2013)

Déclaration Canada-Québec-Union européenne contre les droits disproportionnés accordés aux entreprises dans l’Accord économique et commercial global (AÉCG) entre le Canada et l’UE (5 février 2013)

Consolidated CETA text (pertinent chapters) as of December 2013
- analysis on these chapters urgently needed and highly welcome!! –

CETA Bilateral Cooperation on Biotechnology
CETA Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials Cooperation
CETA Cross-Border Trade in Services
CETA Dispute Settlement Chapter
CETA Domestic Regulation

CETA E-Commerce – Competition – MSE Chapters
CETA Financial Services Chapter
CETA Government Procurment Chapter
CETA Investment and Services Chapter
CETA Mutual Acceptance of the Results of Conformity Assessment
CETA Mutual Recognition of Professionals and Temporary Entry
CETA Regulatory Cooperation Chapter
CETA Sci-Tech and Motor Vehicle Regulatory Cooperation
CETA SPS Chapter
CETA Sustainable Development-Labour-Enviro
CETA Taxation Chapter
CETA TBT Chapter
CETA Telecommunications

ANALYSIS OF CETA DRAFT CHAPTERS
- under construction / suggestions welcome! / keep coming back –