Tuesday, October 18, 2016

EU Ministers postpone decision on CETA – tagesschau.de

The EU trade Ministers to agree at their Meeting in Luxembourg on signing of the CETA agreement. Because Reserved of Belgium and other countries, the decision was postponed. The agreement is intended to but 27, as planned, at the. October will be signed.

The European Union has postponed the final decision on the conclusion of the controversial free trade agreement with Canada (CETA). In the case of a Minister of Commerce could not be all of the reservations of some member States resolved to meet in Luxembourg.

resistance against CETA comes from the French-speaking part of Belgium, which the Federal government must be in Brussels, his consent to the signing of the agreement. According to figures from the Federal Economics Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, also Romania and Bulgaria, have more reservations. You want to ensure that its citizens, like all other EU-can travel citizens as soon as possible to Canada without a visa.

The free trade agreement CETA

The negotiations for the “Comprehensive economic and trade agreement” between the EU and Canada, which lasted five years and were completed in 2014. The official final version in February of 2016, open to the public. CETA still requires the authentication station, by the European Parliament and the European Council. It must also be used by the canadian Parliament ratified it. It is disputed whether the national parliaments have to agree to in Europe, should or may.

The EU complicate the Commission stresses that CETA will remove customs duties, end limitations in access to public contracts, services markets open, offer predictable conditions for investors and the illegal copying of EU innovations and traditional Products. The European Standards in areas such as food safety and workers ‘ rights remained fully respected. Criticism comes, among other things, by the attac network: CETA will be a Trojan horse, opening up the door for genetic engineering, Fracking, and parallel justice, containing zombie clauses.

in Belgium, foreign Minister has to convince

Belgian foreign Minister Didier Reynders said that his government was working to obtain the necessary support from all regions. He hope that you can convince you, and then at the EU summit on Thursday and Friday advance. The discussion should now be continued, the agreement can still be as planned, on Thursday of next week to sign, said EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

With the planned free trade agreement want to ask the EU and Canada in their economic relations on a new Basis. Due to the elimination of customs duties and other trade barriers, it should be on both sides of the Atlantic growth. So, it is provided, inter alia, to eliminate restrictions on access to public contracts, and to open services markets. Critics fear, however, that CETA has a negative impact on Standards in the environmental and consumer protection and that it undermines the democratic process.

Gabriel satisfied with the negotiations

in Spite of the initially failed to approve the free trade agreement by the EU member States economy Minister Gabriel made good progress in the negotiations. The Meeting of EU trade Ministers have brought for Germany a “very good result”, he said. Gabriel referred to the fact that the EU would accept a Partner for clarification of the terms and conditions of the Federal constitutional court for the CETA is signed.

In a note, according to Gabriel now a clear delineation of national and European jurisdiction. It should also be clarified, such as the envisaged provisional application of the agreement by Germany or other member States can be halted. And finally, it should be made clear that the joint committees of the EU and Canada have in CETA is not a private right to change the agreement.

reported On this topic in the daily news on 18. October 2016 to 15:00.


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