(21 December) In the light of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Opinion recommending that the European Parliament rejects the ratification of CETA, the parliamentary timetable for the EU-Canada trade deal will rightfully come under a great deal of pressure in the coming weeks as resistance to CETA continues in 2017.
On the 12th of January the EPs Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) will discuss CETA. The ENVI Committee has been critical of CETA in terms of its perceived threat to the precautionary principle and its possible damage to public health care services. It will be interesting if this critique of CETA translates into a further vote to reject CETA.
Meanwhile on the 24th of January the EP’ International Trade Committee INTA will discuss CETA and make the overall recommendation to the EP plenary regarding whether to support or reject the agreement.
According to EPSU’s Deputy General Secretary Penny Clarke, ‘although it is a challenge to influence the outcome of CETA, it is well worth continuing to raise our concerns and explain why this trade agreement remains a bad deal for workers and a threat to public services. While the Investor Court System is both anti-democratic and weakens the rule of law and the general interest. The way CETA has been negotiated opens up more public services to one-way liberalisation.’
Many EPSU affiliates and members are actively contacting their MEPs to point out the many flaws in CETA, as illustrated in the joint letter of November 29th which was signed by ourselves, other trade unions and civil society organisations.