Leaked documents reveal the EU's desperation on Canada trade deal

Thursday, 6 October, 2016

In an attempt to keep the EU-Canada trade deal CETA on track, the European Commission has drawn up a declaration aimed at reassuring those worried by the implications of the deal. A five page document was leaked last night and has been scrutinised by lawyers and trade experts.

Guy Taylor, the trade campaigner for Global Justice Now said

“These leaked documents prove just how much trouble this toxic trade deal is in. They show a panicky commission in Brussels issuing a series of defensive declarations, organising extraordinary meetings of ministers, and staying in a permanent state of crisis to try and legitimise a trade deal that is deeply unpopular and deeply undemocratic.

"Now that TTIP is widely acknowledged to be effectively dead, Brussels is doing all it can to salvage CETA. The declaration has no legal basis, is devoid of substance and only goes to show how desperate the commission is to obtain support for a corporate coup that has been condemned across Europe.”

Read the Global Justice Now briefing on CETA.

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