The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like the flawed TTIP agreement before it, is a new generation trade agreement that risks undermining a range of rights and ultimately our democracy.
The aim of this guide – ‘CETA – The implications for Ireland’ – is to raise awareness about CETA and its potential impacts. It provides information and seeks to stimulate public discussion around the agreement and ultimately lead to more critical engagement with TDs on the deal.
This deal between the European Union and Canada was signed by the European Council on 28 October 2016 and ratified by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 15th February 2017.
Crucially it needs ratification in each of the EU member states and this is where public pressure and resistance is likely to be most effective. There has been little public debate on the deal and despite a debate in the Seanad there has been no debate in the Dáil. The launch of this pack is designed to kick-start public discussion through the provision of relevant information on CETA.
It lays out underlining issues of concern across five key areas impacted by CETA and particularly relevant to Ireland – workers’ rights and labour standards, food, agriculture / fisheries, environment and democracy.
The pack provides a range of questions for you to ask your TDs – feel free to share these also with your family, friends and colleagues.
You do not need to be an expert to engage your TD. It is up to us all to ensure they listen to our questions and concerns and deal with them fully.
TDs that will vote on CETA need to know that we know what it entails and that voting for CETA is a vote loser for them.