Trade The interests of people and the planet must be put before the interests of big business

13 September 2017

Commenting on today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Leida Rijnhout from Friends of the Earth Europe said:

“We need a fundamental rethink of the kind of Europe we want – in some areas President Juncker seems to recognise this, but in others it is very much business as usual. It remains to be seen whether his proposals will go far enough to really bridge the gap between the EU its citizens.

6 September 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the decision of the Belgian government to file a request for an opinion to the European Court of Justice on the Investment Court System (ICS) included in the EU-Canada trade deal CETA [1]. The ECJ will now examine if the ICS is compatible with the European Treaties. An opinion from the Court finding an incompatibility would put the future of the CETA ratification in doubt.

The US-EU trade deal and EU-Canada trade deals are a Trojan horse treaties; dangerous deals that put big business ahead of our society, health and environment.

 

Together we can stop these Trojan horse treaties unravelling our hard-won standards, and act to put people and the planet before profits.

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