EU SYRIZA Delegation announcement about CETA
“European citizens are left utterly unprotected in the face of profit for multinational companies and their strategies.”
Both the meeting of top EU and Canadian officials and the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) have applied bilateral agreements that aim to abolish all remaining guarantees of European citizens’ rights.
CETA is the first of three similar agreements in which the EU is involved that are about to get ratified under complete secrecy. This includes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Investments (TTIP) between the EU and the USA, as well as the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). All three share a common objective: to bypass all rights of the European people at a national level so that the huge profits of multinational enterprises are guaranteed on both sides of the Atlantic without obstacles.
By signing these agreements a variety of rules are set aside: the rules that protect labour, worker’s rights, environmental rules, rules regarding food protection, as well as public benefit services, such as health and education, and finally, laws regarding the protection of personal data. European citizens are left utterly unprotected in the face of profit for multinational companies and their strategies. These agreements are the epitome of extreme neoliberal policies against the working population and societies around the world.
Their possible ratification would constitute a blatant violation of even the “democratically insufficient” European Treaty of Lisbon. They commit not only European institutions but also national parliaments to sectors that are expressly excluded from the legislative occasions of the Council, the European Parliament and of obligatory common policies. Also, such agreements aim to bypass European as well as National Parliaments and their populations. They place in contestation all that has been achieved with decades of struggle, placing in danger a culture that currently promotes free thought and democracy.
This phenomenon puts a question to all Europeans: Will we allow market dictatorships to abolish Democracy?
The SYRIZA Delegation categorically opposes the ratification of these agreements and calls the Greek population to participate in the pan-European mobilisation against TTIP and CETA on the 11th of October 2014.
Press Officer for the EU Delegation of SYRIZA in Brussels
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