Rome has declared itself, with the almost unanimous vote of the Capitoline Assembly, to be among the approximately 5,000 European cities and regions “CETA-free.” The E.U.-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade agreement was anathema to a movement that opposes wild trade liberalization and the treaty’s provisional entry into force.
“Good news, because it abolishes 99 percent of Canadian customs tariffs with spikes in some of our top export sectors,” claims the Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda.
It is a shame that his voice gets lost in a chorus of controversy, starting with CGIL Secretary Susanna Camusso, who instead asked the senate, which has been summoned to ratify the treaty on Sept. 26, to stop “and to promote the necessary insights, wait for the verification of the temporary activity which we are sure will point out that it is necessary to refuse this agreement, in order to achieve an egalitarian and equitable trade.”
Before CETA can begin, it must be approved by both houses in all the parliaments of the European Union. The so-called movements — regional interests and alternative parties — have been able to demonstrate that it is a mixed treaty: that is, it includes trade measures decided by Europe, but also standards and rules that affect the environment, health, work, quality of products and services that can not be addressed without the approval of the national parliaments.