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Parliamentary questions
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21 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003387-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF)

 Subject:  Possible non-ratification of CETA by Italy
 Answer in writing 

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally entered into force in September 2017, pending ratification by the national parliaments.

However, the new Italian Minister for Agriculture, Gian Marco Centinaio, has warned that Italy plans to reject CETA on the grounds that the agreement protects only a small number of its protected designation of origin and protected geographical indication products (interview with La Stampa, 14 June). Many MEPs share that view. Only 16 out of 74 French MEPs backed CETA.

What is more, on 8 September 2017, an evaluation committee made up of nine experts and set up by the French Government concluded that the Treaty was unbalanced and would enable private interests to take legal precedence over the general interest. The agreement is bad for both producers — particularly farmers — and consumers in the EU and it contains serious health and environmental risks but fails to provide any assurance that public authorities could fall back on the precautionary principle if necessary.

1. If Italy does not ratify CETA, will the Commission withdraw from that agreement?

2. What is its justification for the fact that the next free trade agreements to be concluded will not be ratified by the national parliaments even though such agreements are controversial and the public distrusts them?

Original language of question: FR 
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