In Europe, as in Canada, trade policy is developed in close, almost exclusive collaboration with industry lobby groups that have privileged access to negotiating texts. In the case of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), both governments and their trade negotiators have relied on industry lobby groups to flag profit-limiting trade barriers to be eliminated in the ongoing talks. Many of those “barriers” are not tariffs but laws, regulations and other policies that serve important social goals, such as public health and environmental protection, economic security and job creation. It’s not that governments don’t want to maintain high standards to protect people and the Earth from corporate excess, but rather that these social priorities take a back seat in trade deals, which are made by, and for, multinational companies. Here’s a brief look at who is hoping to cash-in on CETA.
Factsheet: CETA and Corporate Lobbying: Corporations hold power over negotiations
Thursday, March 14, 2013