Critical Assessment of the Proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between EU & Canada

(14 January 2010) A joint position of the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the National Union of Public and General Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (EPSU, CUPE, NUPGE and PSAC)

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In late 2008 it was announced that Canadian and European officials plan to begin negotiating an extensive agreement to integrate Canada’s economy with the 27 nations of the European Union. These talks have been described as involving “deep economic integration negotiations” going considerably beyond the scope of traditional agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As well as encompassing unrestricted trade in goods, services and investment and the removal of tariffs, the aim of the “comprehensive economic and trade agreement” (CETA) will be to also include free movement of skilled people and an open market in government services and procurement.

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