Publication / 7 July 2022

On the power of and lack of democratic control of the CETA committees

There are many issues that have led to wide opposition to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU  in its current form.

This brief discussion paper focuses on the institutional arrangements and committees that CETA would create, as provided for in Chapter 26 of CETA. Despite the fact that this is a crucial chapter in the treaty, it hasn't yet received the necessary scrutiny.

The main points of concern are related to the powers granted to the new committees that are formed under this Chapter, in particular their mandate to change the substance of rights and obligation of states under CETA after its ratification despite the fact that they are not under any meaningful democratic control.

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