The three parties of the governing coalition in Germany agreed to ratify the CETA free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, a senior official of the Social Democrats announced to news agencies.
The SPD, Green and FDP parliamentary groups then intend to bring ratification of the trade treaty to the Bundestag, the German parliament.
The political forces supporting Olaf Scholz’s government intend only to make improvements to the already negotiated agreement.
In particular, Green Party leader Katharina Dröge has reportedly called for action on regulations for the operation of investor arbitration tribunals. These bodies are designed to handle investor complaints, and according to the environmentalists’ party, companies should not be able to use these instruments in such a way as to pressure environmental regulations.
In the coalition agreement, the Ampel parties had said they were committed to trade agreements “that focus on investment protection for German companies abroad.” And within a short time this commitment has been fulfilled.
Germany is thus about to bring a new building block to the full and final entry into force of CETA, following the provisional application dating back to 2017 that has already brought significant benefits in terms of trade growth between the European Union and Canada, and is helping businesses in the current post-pandemic recovery phase.
All that is needed for final approval of CETA is the consent of a majority of EU states, the European Parliament and Canada.