Update : in the meantime, 3 more parliaments in Belgium have voted similar resolutions as the Walloon Parliament resolution (which can be found here in FR and here in EN). The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Parliament, the Brussels French speaking Parliament and now the Brussels Regional Parliament.
Transatlantic Treaty / The Walloon Parliament refuses the signature of the CETA
Wednesday 27 April, the Walloon Parliament formally requested to prevent the signing of the first transatlantic treaty between the EU and Canada, CETA, the "Trojan horse" of the TTIP negotiating the EU and the United States. The text voted today also contains red lines for any other treaty of this kind, which are not met by the CETA.
The resolution adopted today in the Walloon Parliament points to the many questions left open in the text of the CETA, especially regarding the future arbitration mechanism between states and multinationals. This resolution rejects any kind of provisional implementation of CETA before all national ratification procedures be closed, "to hear the voice of European citizens."
Indeed, more and more European citizens and civil society groups are sounding the alarm and denounced the lack of safeguards surrounding the mega trade and investment agreements which, like the CETA and the TTIP which threaten entire sectors of our social and democratic models.
According to Arnaud Zacharie, Secretary general of CNCD-11.11.11: "This is an important step in challenging the logic of these mega-treaties that deal with exclusively market approach to areas as fundamental as health, environment or food and that provide opportunities for transnational corporations to attack States in private tribunals to prevent them from taking measures to protect the general interest."
According to Michel Cermak, Research and advocacy officer for CNCD-11.11.11: "There is no doubt that the Walloon government will meet the demand of its parliament by formally signifying the Belgian government its veto on the signature of the CETA. It is, however, only a first step in the political process which should lead to the questioning of such treaties denounced by civil society. "
Indeed, the movement is not weakening. To the contrary: Belgian citizens movements are organizing under the banner "Stop TTIP & CETA" and will be mobilized on 13 May and 20 September ahead of the next meetings of the Council of European trade ministers which will decide on the signature of the CETA.
Arnaud Zacharie, Secretary general of the CNCD-11.11.11
You can find the english translation here: http://participer.stop-ttip.be/groups/7/files/40
And the French original version as adopted can be found here : http://nautilus.parlement-wallon.be/Archives/2015_2016/RES/212_5.pdf
Original French speaking version of this press release : http://www.cncd.be/Traites-transatlantiques-Le