Protests in Polish capital against TTIP and CETA deals
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Protesters met in Warsaw in front of the Agricultural Ministry in Warsaw on Saturday to voice their disapproval of the TTIP and CETA deals.
Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
"The TTIP and CETA situation is changing almost daily. One thing is clear, however. Contrary to earlier declarations that it will defend Polish agriculture and food, [the governing Law and Justice party] has announced full support for the adoption of CETA,” the organisers of the protest said on social media.
Governing officials say that the issue has not yet been decided upon.
In terms of CETA, “the most important issue is to discuss the facts, not the myths”, said presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski. He added that in order to fully enter into force, CETA requires to be ratified by all EU countries. “Poland has not lost the possibility to reflect on this issue,” he said.
The Commission on International Trade of the European Parliament (INTA) this week endorsed CETA, the new EU-Canada free trade agreement.
CETA, similarly to the TTIP deal being negotiated with the United States, has evoked considerable controversy and differences of opinion in various economic circles.
Generally, the government in Warsaw sees CETA as beneficial for Poland but has concerns regarding so-called investment arbitration. (rg)