Nicolas Hulot on Monday called parliamentarians to have “the courage to say no” to the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA), which will be put to the vote of the deputies on Tuesday . In his view, the agreement risks opening the door to dangerous substances by lowering health standards.
“Demand the reopening of negotiations”
“Tomorrow, each of you will have more power than all the ministers of Ecology combined.Tomorrow, each of you will be free to vote against the ratification of Ceta and require the reopening of negotiations,” writes the former Minister of Ecological transition in an open letter published Monday on the Franceinfo website.
After having recently questioned free trade as a factor in climate change, Nicolas Hulot is worried about the norms and the questioning of the precautionary principle in the context of this controversial agreement, which has already given rise to lively debates. to the Assembly.
Door open to lobbies
Ceta must be ratified by the 38 national and regional assemblies of Europe, hence the vote of the Assembly on Tuesday, then in the Senate at a date to be defined. Endocrine disruptors, pesticides and other carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic substances could enter Europe through this trade agreement, which must remove tariffs on 98% of products traded between the two zones, according to the former minister.
“The government has finally had to recognize that the standards that apply on the European soil and those that apply to the import are not the same in sanitary and phytosanitary,” stresses Nicolas Hulot. And to support its demonstration: “To allow European products access to the European internal market, the European Commission (which negotiated the agreement on behalf of the EU, ed ) has started to raise our maximum residue limits. authorized for certain substances and products, “he stresses, seeing in this agreement a door open to lobbies.