The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada – a perspective of European SMEs
This paper argues that:
1. CETA matters because it sets the standard for TTIP and future similar agreements.
2. Before the ratification of CETA its impact must be assessed based on the negotiated deal.
3. CETA needs to be reviewed sector-by-sector both for Canada and the EU
4. Negative Listing – identifying what is not covered – is a dangerous approach. It needs to be reassessed for its coherence with good regulation standards.
5. The Regulatory Cooperation Forum risks undermining the European precautionary principle and endangering the competitiveness of SMEs. It needs to go back to the drawing board.
6. CETA’s selective protection of Geographical Indications is discriminatory and harmful to SMEs. It needs to be rethought in relation to the long-standing, global GI protection system.
7. The Investor Court System undermines the legal order across the EU, does not guard against abusive international investor behaviour, and discriminates against SMEs. It must be removed from CETA.
Please find here the whole position paper: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada: threatening to do more harm than good to SMEs