Ceta Agreement

Faced with criticism and pressure from NGOs and other groups on the threats of the new generation of trade agreements, Emmanuel Macron promised, during the May 2017 presidential elections in France, the creation of an independent commission of experts to assess the environmental impact of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada, Climate and Health. The French President also undertook to take concrete account of the Commission`s conclusions. This is far from being the case and several important risks highlighted by the Committee of Experts go unresolved, while CETA will set a precedent for several trade agreements negotiated by the EU. The report also contains a large number of concrete recommendations aimed at addressing these problems and reducing the risks identified. The implementation of several of these proposals requires an amendment to the agreement on the text of CETA, for example. B the need for a new reform of the SYSTEM and the “climate”. Unfortunately, the French authorities have not respected Emmanuel Macron`s commitment. The government`s action plan does not address the issue. The president did not even try to convince his European and Canadian partners to revise the agreement. But only a complete revision of the text could transform CETA into an acceptable trade agreement, respecting social rights and maintaining the protection of consumers, workers, our environment and our climate. This trade agreement is expected to bring significant benefits to Canadian producers and other processors, as well as to primary producers such as minerals, metals, agricultural products and fisheries.

The new market access offered by this agreement will further strengthen the position of Canadian exporters in the European market. Once implemented, the agreement is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods and services by 23%. It is also very important to note that CETA will allow Canadian suppliers access to EU government procurement (worth $2.7 trillion in 2012), an important source of new export opportunities previously closed to Canada. Indeed, the EU is already Canada`s second largest trade and investment partner after the United States. With its 28 Member States, a population of 505 million people and an annual economic activity of almost $18.4 trillion (2014), the EU is the world`s largest economy, surpassing the United States, our largest trading partner. Canadian businesses should take advantage of the competitive advantage and privileged access offered by CETA – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – to develop and develop new and additional trade and investment opportunities in the EU. Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – Canada-European Union Free Trade: Upon CETA`s entry into force, approximately 98% of Canadian products will be duty-free on more than 9,000 tariff lines used by the EU. In many cases, EU tariffs on certain products have been so high that they have weighed heavily on Canadian exporters and effectively reduced their competitiveness in the EU market.

The elimination of tariffs will continue to benefit Canadian exporters who have already been able to compete with the EU. CETA will remove tariffs on Canadian products entering the EU market, providing preferential access over competitors from other countries whose products remain subject to tariffs.. . . .

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