This protest against CETA is taking place this hour in front of the European Commission building in Brussels.
An 11th hour deal has been struck between Belgium and the Belgian region of Wallonia to allow the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to move forward.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has commented, "CETA deal has been made. Must see what it says. Will not be an easy ride even now. Horrible flawed deal and process. CETA 'deal' likely includes no ICS (ISDS) to be adopted right away which means it might never be in CETA at all! This would be huge."
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel made the announcement about concessions on CETA early this morning. And Wallonian minister-president Paul Magnette now says, "We always fought for treaties that reinforced the social and environmental standards, protect the public services and that there is no private arbitration [in dispute settlements]. All this is achieved as of now."