The European Union is in charge of laws and decisions which affect our daily lives. Most notably, it can negotiate and conclude international trade deals on behalf of the 28 Member States – such as the by now infamous agreements with the US and with Canada: TTIP and CETA.
CETA, the deal with Canada, might look small and innocent compared to its bigger brother TTIP, but it is not less toxic! It will impact every European citizen in one way or another, whether it be through the food consumed or the cost of hospital visits! CETA will lower hard fought-for standards, carve-out democracy and undermine the rule of law.
Why should you worry about CETA?
It is at a much more advanced stage than TTIP. In October 2016 the 28 member state governments signed the deal. Now the European Parliament (EP) is to decide over CETA in a vote scheduled to take place as early as December 2016.
During the time before this vote MEPs need to know what you think about CETA and it is important that you openly talk to them about how you expect them to vote.
In a first phase of the CETACheck citizens asked MEPs about issues in CETA that matter most. With CETA now to be voted on in the European Parliament soon, question time is over and crunch time is on! It’s time to pop ‘the’ question; its time to ask your MEPs if they pledge to vote against CETA!
Let’s bring this out into the open everywhere in Europe – CETA concerns us all, not just politicians and corporate lobbyist! When you address your MEPs or even decide to meet them, citizens from all across the EU will also be asking ‘the’ question and organising similar meetings.
Once your MEP has answered, they will publish it via www.cetacheck.eu so that you can continue to contact those MEPs that remain silent.