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Over 80 Irish civil society groups, including unions, farmers and business owners, are calling on MEPs to reject the EU Canada trade deal
A coalition of Irish farmers, environmentalists, trade unionists, global justice groups and small business organisations have called on MEPs to oppose the EU Canada trade deal known as CETA.
The groups co-signed a letter to members of a European Parliament committee calling for rejection of the deal earlier this week.
The trade deal is making its way through the European Parliament. Today a European Parliament committee voted in favour of the deal. The final vote on CETA will be taken by the whole Parliament on February 14th.
The trade deal, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA, will compromise laws which protect health, food standards, the environment, workers rights, and the rule of law in the EU as we know it.
The most controversial element is that the agreement will allow foreign companies to sue countries that introduce laws & policies which impact on their profits. This will put countries like Ireland under pressure not to bring in laws which limit businesses in any way, laws that may be designed to limit tobacco use or pollution levels, for example.
Signatories to the letter came from a number of different sectors and included the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Environmental Pillar, the International Small Business Alliance, Comhlámh and Social Justice Ireland.
Meaghan Carmody, Activism and Education Manager for Friends of the Earth, Ireland explained:
Todays decision of the committee in favour of the CETA is shocking. The Trade Committee are also expected to endorse the deal. We are appealing to the media to engage on this issue, in the lead up to the final vote on February 13th
David Joyce, Equality and Global Solidarity Officer in ICTU, said:
The EU Parliamentary Committee on Employment & Social Affairs has already voted to reject the CETA given concerns on employment in the EU.. But todays vote by the Environment Committee is deeply disappointing.
Mark Cumming Head of Comhlámh, the association of international development workers and volunteers, said:
We are calling on people to use the online CETA Check tool to call on MEPs to reject the deal. Many Irish MEPs have not committed to vote against the deal yet. We are also calling for engagement on an EU-wide day of action against CETA planned for January 21st
Talking about the concerns for Farmers, Patrick Kent, President of the ICSA commented:
The Committees vote today is deeply disappointing given their remit for public health , food safety and the Environment. 5% of Canadian farmers produce nearly half of Canadas food produce. So thats the scale of operators our small, and more quality oriented farmers will be competing with with Canadas different and lower standards on the use of antibiotics, steroids and hormones in animals destined for the food chain.
Attracta Uí Bhroin Facilitator of Environmental Law Implementation Group (ELIG) said:
The most controversial element of CETA is it will allow companies to sue countries that introduce policies or laws which impact on their profits, in a special system outside the courts. This will put countries like Ireland under pressure not to bring public interest laws which limit businesses in any way. Weve yet to see the Governments sums which justify how this deal is in the interest of Irish citizens who will have to foot the bill of these claims in the future.If the EU Parliament approves this deal in February, this will clear the way for many elements of the deal to come into effect even before Dáil Eireann gets to vote on it.
Prof John Sweeney, from the Board of An Taisce commented:
A key concern is how the fear of being sued under CETA and how other elements of the deal will compromise essential action on climate change by Governments and the EU. Todays vote in favour of the CETA is a nail in the coffin of effective climate action.
Meaghan Carmody for Friends of the Earth Ireland concluded:
Weve already seen evidence of the reduction in the EU Commissions proposals to Endocrine-Disrupting chemicals to appease Canadian and US concerns. This negative effect on public interest policies will be enabled by the CETA agreement
Click here to read the letter
Click here to view the Environmental Pillar post which contains more background to the case