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Walloon parliament rejects CETA deal

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posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 08:53 AM

The Walloon parliament Friday voted by a large majority to reject the CETA deal, adding to the threat that the EU’s landmark agreement with Canada will be killed and undermining Brussels’ ability to steer the world’s biggest trade bloc.


“I don’t consider this as a funeral, I don’t consider this as a veto without any conditions,” Magnette said. “I consider this as a request to re-open negotiations so that European leaders could hear the legitimate demands which have been forcefully expressed by an organized, transparent civil society.”

Walloon parliament rejects CETA deal

I'm glad that at least one regional entity in our EU has the balls to say no to this shady trade agreement, that was negotiated behind closed doors, that nobody has any clue what the final agreement looks like, and that will have a huge impact upon all of us, yet no transparant communication has taken place.

TTIP-light, as this CETA agreement has been called, is not in our best interest. It is written in the interest of big corporation, granting them even more power over democratically chosen governments. I say "hell no" to such agreements.
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posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 09:19 AM
This one more thing the faltering EU doesn't need. I still say ten years from now people in the UK will be very glad we detached ourselves from this sick leviathan and I am beginning to think that the EU will not exist in its current form much beyond 2025

posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 10:51 AM
The article is interesting, particularly the..

...undermining Brussels’ ability to steer the world’s biggest trade bloc.

With the loss of the UK in a couple of years, the EU falls to being the third biggest trading block. It's hardly worth Canada's effort. It's interesting that there have been protests in Germany against this deal and Belgium is one of the most EU supporter nations.

posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 06:44 PM
Yes ! Yes ! Yes !

Glad you brought the info to ATS.
It's probably just the first of a long series, there are a lot of other regional entities in europe that still needs to give their agreement/refusal on that one.

posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 06:52 PM
a reply to: whismermill

It is something to watch even Wallonia send such a message to Juncker. The failure to pass CETA and the signal by the Hollande government that TIPP is dead in the water should be enough to demand the resignation of Juncker and the other European Commissioners.

Well, I can dream.

posted on Oct, 19 2016 @ 10:54 AM
Is CETA just an EU ploy for economic warfare and invasion of North America, using Canada as conduit, that would further extend through NAFTA?

'War plan red' still viable?

posted on Oct, 19 2016 @ 01:08 PM
Opened a Thread about this yesterday, when it happened.

Nobody was interested...

I am glad you opened another thread with this topic.
But CETA is not a TTIP light, it is a trojan horse called CETA, with TTIP inside. Not TTIP light.

Now let´s hope that the walloons stick with their decision!!!

posted on Oct, 19 2016 @ 02:36 PM
a reply to: DerBeobachter

The latest developments are :

- The Belgian Foreign affair minister got his twitter account hacked and had a message "F... Canada !" published for about 11 hours. Then, he regained control of it, removed the said tweet and posted something else : "Keep calm and love Canada".
- The political majority is different in Walonia and at the federal level, the guys running Walonia (left) are not the part of the majority at the Federal level. Will the federal level override the regional Walloon decision ? I must concede I'm not certain about the constitutional legality of such a move (I'll check).
- So far, despite heavy pressure, the Walloon parliament is ready to stick to its current decision and it's unlikely that any amendment to the treaty can be brought in due time to satisfy them.

The are many local press articles available but, given that it is about Walonia, they are mostly in french.

I didn't noticed your previous thread, probably the title is too far from the content but I can only agree with you about that one :

originally posted by: DerBeobachter
Please Walloons, stick with your decision and the people of europe will love and celebrate you forever!!!

Do you know that Brussels is only second to Washington as the most lobby-infested city of the world ?
This is mostly due to the presence of EU institution but still.
I personally consider lobbying is nothing but de-penalized corruption.
Hopefully, the Walloon parliament is not (enough) under it's influence.

posted on Oct, 19 2016 @ 04:27 PM
a reply to: theultimatebelgianjoke
Thanks for the informations, that hacked twitter account(i can´t take politicians/officials serious, that use Twitter, Facebook and stuff. Obsisously attention seekers that want me to become user of this unsocial media. To have an eye on me xD) was funny!

"I personally consider lobbying is nothing but de-penalized corruption."

"Hopefully, the Walloon parliament is not (enough) under it's influence."

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