On October 28, 2016, the Council adopted a package of decisions on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA).
However, the signing of CETA does not make the agreement final. Thanks to the strong pressure from social movements and the Stop TTIP / CETA campaigns, European governments and the European Commission have been pushed to declare CETA a “mixed agreement”, meaning that ratification is required by the national parliaments. This is a great result for European and Canadian civil society, as the this controversial agreement can no longer be approved through the ratification of the European Parliament alone.
The final approval of CETA will only be possible with a favorable vote from the elected assemblies of all European Union member states.
Civil society is mobilizing across Europe to ask national governments to hold public and parliamentary debates on CETA, to reject the provisional application of the agreement (which would allow it to come into force even before national ratifications) and indeed, to abandon CETA altogether.