CETA Now Moving Quickly Towards Implementation Feb 23 2017

Article by John Boscariol and Robert Glasgow

After almost ten years of preparatory work and negotiations, Canada and the European Union are now quickly moving towards implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA is the most intensive and wide-ranging international trade and investment agreement completed by either party. It is often touted as the first in a "new generation" of trade agreements designed to address perceived weaknesses of past deals, including those relating to sustainable development, labour and environmental standards. The successful implementation of CETA will be a significant accomplishment in the face of growing populist and anti-globalization movements that have caused the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and are threatening progress on other ambitious trade initiatives such as the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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