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Media Advisory: European critics of Canada-EU trade deal to hold media teleconference highlighting growing controversies

October 16, 2012

European critics of Canada-EU trade deal to hold media teleconference
highlighting growing controversie

Copyright enforcement, investment protection, Internet rules, public services protections in CETA all challenged in Europe

WHAT: European trade experts will describe why the Canada-EU free trade negotiations are increasingly controversial in Europe, with special attention to the proposed deal’s copyright and Internet proposals, the investor-state dispute settlement process, and Canada’s pressure on the EU to weaken traditional protections for public services, notably drinking water delivery.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 10 a.m. ET

WHY: Canadian (federal and provincial) and European Union trade negotiations continue free trade discussions this week and until October 26 in Brussels, Belgium. Both sides are desperate to conclude a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement before the end of the year. There is pressure to fundamentally alter the agreement or stop the negotiations on both sides of the Atlantic.


Jeremie Zimmermann, La Quadrature du Net, Paris, France – On resistance to the copyright and Internet rules and criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Gabriella Zanzanaini, Food and Water Europe, Brussels, Belgium – On Canada’s efforts to weaken EU safeguards for public water services, and the European backlash to privatized water systems.
Peter Fuchs, PowerShift, Berlin, Germany – On the proposed investment protections in CETA and the investor-state dispute settlement process, which threatens European policies and regulations, in particular related to Canadian energy and mining interests.


This media teleconference on CETA is hosted by the Trade Justice Network ( and the Réseau Québécois sur l’Intégration continentale (