Canada and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – a widely criticized trade deal, which was almost derailed at the last minute by Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia on Sunday. Before it is implemented, CETA must still be adopted by the European Union’s Parliament. After that, to enter into force, the deal will have to be ratified by all 28 members of the supranational bloc.
However, according to a UN expert, the deal in its current state can hardly be seen as legal. Last week, Alfred de Zayas, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, stressed that it required approval in referendums across all EU member states. We linked up with Dr. Alfred de Zayas, professor of international law and the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.
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