European farmers are getting hit hard by free trade deals, a report from the European Commission states today. Following a request by 20 EU farm ministers the European Commission was obliged to carry out an assessment on the cumulative impacts on EU agricultural sectors by 12 current and proposed free trade agreements. The study published today concludes that the existence of whole EU farm sectors – such as pasture-fed beef production – will be at risk from such agreements .
A wave of civil disobedience by activists across Europe shed light on the European Commission, corporate lobbyists and governments for their role in pushing free trade deals such as CETA (EU-Canada) and TTIP (EU-US).
The actions took place in response to a call to participate in Round 2 of TTIP Game Over, a civil disobedient action platform calling for an end to all free trade deals. The call is supported by trade unions, farmers groups and NGOs from across Europe.
This morning, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA) – two trade associations representing big pesticides companies – were awarded the Democracy for Sale Awards  for their attempt to use the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to shape current and future pesticides regulation.
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes first reports that Belgium challenges the use of corporate courts as proposed in the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA.
Reacting to today's near collapse in talks to agree on CETA, the proposed EU-Canada trade deal, Paul de Clerck, Economic Justice programme coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Today's failure to finalise the agreement shows how controversial this deal is. The plug should be permanently pulled on both CETA and its US counterpart, TTIP."
Luxembourg/Brussels, 18 October 2016 – Friends of the Earth Europe sees the lack of agreement on the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) as yet another sign that this trade deal should not pass. Two years after the negotiations ended, opposition is only getting stronger. Following Wallonia's continued refusal to support the deal at today's specially convened Council meeting of trade ministers, Paul de Clerck, economic justice programme coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
The final draft of the joint interpretative declaration between the EU and Canada on the proposed free trade deal CETA has been leaked today. The declaration had been promised to critical governments and parliaments to alleviate concerns about the agreement.
Commenting on the announcement that a special Council meeting will be convened in October with the aim of agreeing the controversial EU-Canada trade deal, Fabian Flues, trade campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Public concerns cannot be swept away with a simple declaration added to CETA. The text of the agreement remains untouched and will give foreign companies special rights to sue our governments. This would hands over power to corporations, at the expense of people and the environment.
A broad group of civil society and consumer organisations as well as trade unions call on the EU's trade ministers to reject the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada . The trade ministers are gathering in Bratislava today and tomorrow to discuss the ratification of the CETA agreement.
A new report on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) reveals how the trade deal could make EU member states vulnerable to costly lawsuits from North American investors that threaten public interest.