Zacharie stressed, however, that CETA had clauses which deprive such courts of any competence to call into question democratically made choices by a member State in matters such as these.
The CNCD also drew attention to CETA’s long-term impact.
“The Canadian Government uses the regulatory cooperation mechanism to denounce regulations in Europe on glyphosate as trade barriers,” it said. “We can also cite the Hulot Law in France on hydrocarbons, weakened following the threat by a Canadian oil company to initiate arbitration proceedings that could cost millions.”
“Scrapping the arbitration tribunal system in the CETA would be a first step towards adopting new models of fair, sustainable trade agreements, as 550,000 European citizens are asking in a new European petition launched in January for one year,” the CNCD argued.