This video says about itself:
CETA: An assault on democracy
2 September 2014
Should the EU and Canada sign the CETA treaty, it threatens to turn democracy into a pawn in the games of multinational corporations:
Companies could sue via their Canadian subsidiaries when public policies lead to a reduction of their profits. Private arbitration panels, operating behind closed doors, could award billions in compensation to corporations – to be paid for by taxpayers’ money.
Signing CETA would pave the way for the TTIP agreement between the EU and the US to enter through the back door. Both agreements threaten to weaken existing laws that restrict the use of genetic engineering in agriculture or prevent the contamination of drinking water through fracking. Privatisation of public services would no longer be reversible.
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Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Walloons stand firm: no CETA for Belgium
The Walloon parliament sticks to its guns against the CETA trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. The Walloon lawmakers refuse to sign it. In Belgium, the agreement must be approved by all five regional governments. …
CETA is known as the little sister of TTIP – the proposed trade agreement between the EU and the United States.
Belgium has both a national representation and five member parliaments: Wallonia, the French-speaking community, Flanders, the Brussels Capital Region and the German-speaking community. These parliaments have to transfer their competence in international treaties to the federal Parliament. But because Wallonia refuses to do so, the federal government can not sign CETA.
Flemings [mainly right-wing pro-Big Business Flemish politicians] in particular are angry. Prime Minister Bourgeois of Flanders believes that the Walloons are acting irresponsibly. …
To make CETA effective, all individual countries must approve the treaty. The European Union Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have yet to approve it.
In Belgian politics particularly the socialist party PS is judged harshly. They govern in Wallonia, but are in opposition in the federal parliament. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said: “I conference about this with five socialist ministers in Europe, they have never expressed concerns about this.”
So, it looks like the Walloon social democrats are a bit less hostages of Big Business than their colleagues in, eg, the Netherlands. The Dutch social democrat party PvdA in parliament supports CETA; even though the trade union and environmental movements oppose it. There will be a trade union anti-CETA demonstration in the Netherlands on 22 October, 13:00 on the Museumplein square in Amsterdam.
However, the Walloon Prime Minister Magnette is not going to change his position. “We do not give permission to the federal parliament to sign. There won’t be an agreement,” said the Prime Minister of Wallonia.
EU Ministers of Trade will arrive Tuesday in Luxembourg to discuss the situation.
In this October 2016 Dutch video, Friends of the Earth explain why CETA and TTIP are bad for the environment; and calls on people to come to the 22 October demonstration in Amsterdam.
Belgian anti-TTIP and CETA site: here.
This video from Belgium says about itself:
Tuesday, September 20 2016, up to 15 000 people descended on the European Union’s area in Brussels to express their opposition to the transatlantic treaties being negotiated by Europe with the United States (TTIP) and Canada (CETA). This exceptional protest against the trade treaties on Tuesday evening, organized by trade unions, NGOs, environmental and consumer rights groups took place to put pressure on European leaders ahead to decide about CETA.