CETA: vote on seeking a European Court of Justice opinion 

A request by 89 MEPs to refer the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on its compatibility with EU law will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

Some MEPs question whether the EU-Canada free trade deal’s investor protection provisions are in line with the right of governments to regulate legitimate public policy aims, such as protecting health, safety or the environment.

However, the European Parliament's Legal Service found no contradiction between CETA’s investment chapter and the EU Treaties when it assessed this issue in June this year.


Under Parliament’s Rules of Procedure (108), the committee responsible, a political group or at least one-tenth of the Members may propose that Parliament seek an opinion from the ECJ on the compatibility of an international agreement with the Treaties before a vote is taken on that agreement. If Parliament approves the proposal, the vote must be adjourned until the Court has delivered its opinion.

The Court's opinion is binding and if negative, the agreement cannot enter into force.

CETA also requires the European Parliament’s approval to enter into force.

Procedure: Consent


Vote:  Wednesday, 23 November