Ask Foreign Policy Ministers to exempt ISDS from CETA open letter

September 10, 2014

CETA ISDS

Joe Mobbs, Collectif citoyen les Engraineurs.
Courtesy: Friends of the Earth Europe

URGENT message #No2ISDSinCETA

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO THE DRAFT LETTERS:  SHARE THIS PAGE PLEASE.

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Please find below a draft letter to heads of state or trade ministers of EU Member States. It can be sent ahead of the Sept .12 meeting of the EU Trade Policy Committee where Member States have the *final* opportunity to comment on the CETA text.


We call on them to take ISDS out, or otherwise not to sign the CETA*.

Of course, you can adapt the letter to your positions and work.  It is important to send them A.S.A.P

* EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

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TEMPLATE

To: Prime minister / President / Minister in charge of trade
Re: Request to reject inclusion of ISDS in Canada trade agreement

[Your city], September –, 2014

Dear [name of head of state or trade minister] ,

On September 25, the European Commission and the Canadian government are planning to initial the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at an event in Ottawa, Canada. The text for this trade deal includes a proposal for an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

ISDS is an increasingly controversial issue. Many voices, including representatives of EU Member States, have expressed concern about ISDS and argued that there is no need to include this mechanism in EU trade agreements with the US or Canada. We believe that ISDS gives excessive rights to foreign investors vis-à-vis the rest of society and discriminates against domestic investors. ISDS undermines the ‘right of governments to regulate’ and it circumvents existing court systems. It relies on broad interpretations by for-profit arbitrators with significant conflict of interest issues, with no possibility to rely on jurisprudence or an appeal mechanism. The reforms of the ISDS mechanism, proposed by the Commission, do not alleviate concerns about the fundamental flaws of the system, nor about its abuse by companies. In the context of the EU-Canada and the EU-US deals, ISDS is particularly not needed.

In January this year, the European Commission announced a public consultation on ISDS. Between March and July, some 150,000 citizens contributed to the consultation. An overwhelming majority expressed very clearly that they don’t want ISDS to be part of the trade agreement being negotiated with the US .

Even though the Commission has not yet finished analysing the contributions to the consultation, it decided to move ahead with this highly controversial mechanism and included it in the CETA agreement that is expected to be signed at the end of this month. We believe it would give an extremely worrying signal to European citizens if the opinion of those that took part in the consultation is ignored. It will only fuel the perception of many that the Commission is not listening to citizens.

On September 12, the EU Trade Policy Committee will meet in Brussels to discuss and agree on the CETA text. This will be the last opportunity for Member States to give their opinion on the draft final text of the agreement.
Considering the strong and legitimate concerns about ISDS and considering that the Commission is still analysing the results of its public consultation, we are asking you at this meeting to insist that the Commission removes the ISDS mechanism from the CETA agreement, and if the Commission is not willing to do so, that your country does not give its support to CETA.

If you have any further questions, please contact: xxxx

Yours sincerely,
[Name and function]

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EMAIL ADDRESSES

Ireland 
Taoiseach Enda Kenny: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: eamon.gilmore@oir.ie

UK
Lord Livingston: livingstoni@parliament.uk

Spain
Alberto Sanz Serrano asanzs@comercio.mineco.es
Cc: Alfonso Dastis Quecedo secretaria.emb@reper.maec.es
Cc: Javier Fernández Méndez de Andés javier.fernandez-mendez@reper.maec.es

Finland
Erkki Tuomioja: kirjaamo.um@formin.fi

Malta
George Vella: george.vella@gov.mt

Cyprus
Ioannis Kasoulides: minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy

Belgium
Didier Reynders: contact.reynders@diplobel.fed.be

Luxembourg
Jean Asselborn: boite.officielle@mae.etat.lu

Estonia
Urmas Paet: vminfo@vm.ee

Lithuania
Linas Linkevicius: urm@urm.lt

Slovenia
Karl Erjavec: info.mzz@gov.si

Germany
Frank-Walter Steinmeier: poststelle@auswaertiges-amt.de

Poland
Radoslaw Sikorski: sm.sekretariat@msz.gov.pl

Bulgaria
Kristian Ivanov Vigenin: consular@mfa.bg

Romania
Titus Corlatean : ministru@mae.ro

Sweden
Carl Bildt: Please use internal website form:
RegistratorSenior registry clerk
http://www.government.se/sb/d/2085

Netherlands
Minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking ttip@minbuza.nl
Aan de minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, E.M.J. Ploumen cc Commissie BuHaOS http://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerleden/commissies/buhaos/index.jsp#1

Slovakia
Miroslav Lajcák: info@mzv.sk

Greece
Evangelos Venizelos: dgyfypex@mfa.gr

Hungary
Tibor Navracsics: kozkapcsolat@mfa.gov.hu

Austria
Sebastian Kurz: www.bmeia.gv.at

Denmark
Martin Lidegaard: udenrigsministeren@um.dk

Croatia
Vesna Pusic: ministrica@mvep.hr

France
Manuel Valls http://www.gouvernement.fr/printmail/premier-ministre/manuel-valls

Latvia
Edgars Rinkevics: mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv

Portugal
Rui Machete: Please use internal website form:
http://www.portugal.gov.pt/en/the-ministries/ministry-of-foreign-affairs/contacts.aspx

Italy
Federica Mogherini: ministro.affariesteri@cert.esteri.it

cc EU Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht:
Karel.DE-GUCHT@ec.europa.eu

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