Ceta Agreement Wallonia

Ceta Agreement Wallonia

I am proud that the Walloon Parliament has the courage and decency to keep its electoral promises and current democratic opinion. This is not a surprising behavior on the part of the representatives of the people, but a rule. We cannot say that, for countries like Austria, which has 70% of public opinion against CETA or Germany with at least 59 against and a few 20 years for this agreement. How on earth do these governments explain their democratic legitimacy to sigh the CETA Treaty? For the first time in several years, the EU`s biannual official publication on the Opinion Research Eurobarometer did not publish country-by-country diagrams on transatlantic trade agreements (as is systematically the case for each of the dozens of questions) in its latest spring 2016 issue. It is paradigmatic that the current US administration is advancing the TTiP Treaty with no more than 20% public support and the opposition twice as much. Aren`t such anti-democratic actions unacceptable? I agree that something is wrong if only Wallonia blocks the will of 27 and half of other EU Member States, but it is less false and even heroic to know that the opinion of the citizens of a number of EU countries is not respected by their governments (I dare to speak of “oligarchy” and undemocratic behaviour of these governments, who, unlike the clear public opposition, are advancing their agenda). With citizens` great concern about out-of-court courts, the health future, the future of public services, etc., which include an unprecedented 3 million signatures, EU officials should try to give some credible statements before rushing the treaty and bringing it to power before ratifications by Parliament. Let`s not forget that the details of the other TTiP contract negotiations were only disclosed three or four months ago (!) We should not be arrogant about the fact that only a third of EU citizens trust the EU and that more than half of EU citizens do not trust the EU institutions (according to the Eurobarometer). It is precisely because of decisions that are not influenced by the will of the peoples, or even that go beyond the will of the peoples. (This is the other topic, but it shows the point I am trying to make: it is only today that I learned that my country, Belgium, has been involved in the war in Syria for some time now with the offensive air force. Do you want, do you approve or do the Belgians really know where in the world, why and against whom we are at war?). My vote in favour of the Walloon Parliament, which represents the opinion of its citizens, despite the enormous pressure exerted by corporate, financial and lobbying policies.

The fate of the EU-Canada trade deal is having a huge impact on Britain ahead of its withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc. Tusk hinted last week that a failure to finalize CETA would make a trade deal with Britain almost impossible after Brexit. EU heads of state and government hope the deal will be signed, as Belgian prime minister says leaders of five regional parliaments have reached an agreement The parliament of the french-speaking southern region of Wallonia voted on Friday in favour of a envisaged trade deal between the EU and Canada, ending his opposition that threatened to destroy the entire deal. . . .


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