Investors and CETA: how the trade accord ensures a level playing field

Investors and CETA: how the trade accord ensures a level playing field

 

The EU-Canada trade deal defined the rights of companies, removing the possibility of judges coming up with new reasons for countries to be sued. A company can only bring a case if it experiences one or more of the following:

  • Denial of justice in criminal, civil or administrative proceedings
  • A fundamental breach of due process, including a fundamental breach of transparency, in judicial and administrative proceedings
  • Manifest arbitrariness
  • Targeted discrimination on manifestly wrongful grounds, such as gender, race or religious belief
  • Abusive treatment of investors, such as coercion, duress and harassment

Only companies with real business operations in Canada or the EU will be able to bring a case against a government.

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