Canada and CETA

Canada and CETA

Last ditch attempt to overcome row over CETA Joint Committee ahead of Parliament ratification

Shadow rapporteur for the left-of-centre S&D group, Romanian MEP Sorin Moisa, has been trying to defuse a fresh crisis brewing in the group over CETA ahead of a trade committee vote. The disagreement is about the powers of the treaty’s coordinating body, the so-called Joint Committee.   Moisa believes clarifications offered …

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German constitutional court refuses to block CETA provisional application

Blocking the ratification process of CETA would be highly damaging to the EU’s international standing, Germany’s top judges believe.   The ratification process of CETA, the EU-Canadian trade pact, is in full swing, as the European Parliament prepares to sign off on the agreement in the coming weeks. CETA is expected …

Canada and CETA

In brief: François-Philippe Champagne appointed as trade minister in Canada

François-Philippe Champagne, a former business executive and Quebec MP, is replacing Chrystia Freeland as Canadian Minister of International Trade.   46 year-old Champagne is considered a rookie in Canadian politics. He started his political career only in his fourties after spending years working for a major business in Switzerland, with …

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“Namur declaration” calls for more national involvement in EU trade deals

The leader of the Belgian region of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, who is also an academic, orchestrated a declaration on trade policy by leading professors across the West entitled the Namur Declaration. The three-page text, released on Monday (5 December 2016) calls for greater scrutiny of trade agreements by national and regional parliaments in …