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What do they stand for?

These upcoming trade deals threaten our already weak democracies and pave the way for an attack on the environment,

health systems, food, jobs, public services, digital rights and much more.

Why should we be concerned?

There are many reasons to be concerned and you can find more information about TTIP, CETA & TiSA in the Resources pages.

But the main issues can be summarised as follows.

CETA

The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement has already been negotiated between the EU and Canada and is now being finalised

TiSA

The Trade in Services Agreement is now under negotiation among 50 countries including the EU

Why should we be concerned?

There are many reasons to be concerned and you can find more information about TTIP, CETA & TiSA in the Resources pages.

But the main issues can be summarised as follows.


SECRECY

While corporate lobbyists are playing an integral role in negotiations, the public have been shut out. All negotiators must sign non-disclosure agreements. There is no access to the draft text of the agreement - even for MPs and MEPs - so most of what we know is from leaked documents. Democracy is incompatible with the rule of secrecy!

REGULATORY HARMONISATION

With the excuse of improving trade between the countries, regulations designed to protect the environment, workers' rights, public services and consumer standards, will be reduced to the minimum common denominator. This will mean for example lower financial regulations in the US and lower standards for food safety or use of chemicals in the EU.

INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

Multinational corporations will have the right to sue governments if laws or regulations are introduced that cause them loss of profits. This would take place through international arbitration channels that completely bypass public courts. This form of private justice undermines the rule of law.

European Mobilisation Against CETA

Join us in Strasbourg, February 14 and 15

On February 15 the European Parliament in Strasbourg will vote on CETA. Millions of citizens have spoken out against CETA over the last years while big business is pushing for it. Therefore, we, civil society, grassroots organizations, labour movements, farmer, environmental and social groups from all across Europe, are calling to join us in Strasbourg on February 14 and 15 for for a loud and diverse European protest.

As it stands, CETA is not a progressive trade deal. It would be a mistake to adopt this treaty with its many worrying provisions as a model for agreements to come. CETA is a backward-looking and even more intrusive version of the old free trade agenda designed by and for the world’s largest multinationals. We need a paradigm shift toward a transparent and inclusive trade policy founded on the needs of people and our planet. Ratifying CETA will take us many steps further away from this much needed change.

You want to join us in Strasbourg? For the program and further information see here.

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The International Days of Action on trade and investment agreements are taking place in many places across the world. They have been launched by an international alliance of grassroots movements and civil society organisations.

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